Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he is not disappointed at losing academy starlet Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid, claiming that he “does not want players who do not want to stay at the club.”
Diaz signed a six-year deal with the Los Blancos and while labelling the move as a “dream move”, revealed that the lack of first-team opportunities was the reason for the transfer, with the youngster only making 15 appearances for the club ever since moving to the Etihad in 2013.
Diaz follows the footsteps of another academy youngster in Jadon Sancho, who left the club for Borussia Dortmund in order gain first-team experience. Guardiola for his part is not worried by the departures of the two youngsters.
“I wish him all the best. Hopefully, other players won’t decide to move on. I don’t want people who don’t want to stay here, to be with us and achieve what we want to achieve. If players want to stay, the door is always open for them,” he said as quoted by sbnation.
A number of fans and pundits have criticised City for letting youngsters leave the club, but with football as competitive as ever, it is understandably tough to groom youngsters by giving them time on the pitch in the Premier League as the difference between winning and losing the title is very tight.