Bayern new boy Cancelo not ruling out City return and plays down talk of Guardiola rift

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Joao Cancelo has not ruled out returning to Manchester City and played down talk of a rift with Pep Guardiola after joining Bayern Munich.

Cancelo competed a loan move to the Bundesliga champions for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day.

The versatile Portugal full-back had fallen out of favour at City amid reports of a row with manager Guardiola.

Cancelo is under contract with the Premier League champions until June 2027 and says he has not necessarily played his last game for the club.

He said during a press conference on Tuesday: "There was a lot of speculation about my relationship with Pep Guardiola. But the truth is that I just wanted to get more playing minutes. And I see that opportunity at Bayern.

"It might have sounded like a farewell [a video he posted on Instagram], but it wasn't meant this way, and we will have to see what these five months in Munich bring. My contract is until the end of the season and I want to focus on my goals and those of the club.

"Then we'll sit down and see what's next. I've had a great time at Manchester City. I'm still under contract with City too, but now Bayern is my priority."

The 28-year-old revealed he did not speak to former Bayern boss Guardiola about the prospect of joining the Bavarian giants.

He said: "I wasn't talking to Pep about Bayern as everything went too fast. I wanted to make the best decision for my career and I think I did just that joining this wonderful club."

Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann says it was music to his ears when he was informed by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic that Cancelo could arrive before the window shut.

Nagelsmann said: "Brazzo [Salihamidzic] said after the game against Frankfurt [on Saturday] that we had a chance to get Cancelo.

"Then I said: 'Let's do it!' Then everything happened very quickly. We've talked about him a lot in the past with our scouting. He brings a lot, he is dynamic and is a very good reinforcement."

Cancelo could make his debut at Mainz in the DFP Pokal on Wednesday.