Barcelona chief Deco coy over Man City loanee Joao Cancelo's future

Cancelo will see his contract expire in the summer of 2025.

Barcelona sporting director Deco talked about the future for Man City loanee Joao Cancelo There are reports that he will join the club on a permanent basis next year.

Cancelo spent six months on loan at Bayern Munich during the second half of last season, He returned to Man City for pre-season but manager Pep Guardiola didn’t consider him for the first XI.

Cancelo joined Barcelona towards the end of the summer transfer window on a season-long loan deal with no option to buy. The Portugal international has scored two goals and provided one assist in eight appearances.

Cancelo will see his contract expire in the summer of 2025. The  29-year-old could leave the Etihad before then, with Barcelona said to be interested in recruiting him on a permanent basis.

Barca chief Deco has remained coy over possible permanent moves. While talking to Mundo Deportivo, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Deco said: “The important thing is what they (Cancelo-Felix) are contributing to the team.

“In the case of Cancelo, he is a player with experience, who has played at a high level in several teams for many years, he has quite a command of his position. Felix is more of the same, somewhat younger, but with experience already at Benfica, Atletico and Chelsea.

“They are players who are contributing important things to the team but it is too early to talk about everything. At the moment they are helping us, which is what matters.”

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