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Guardiola will do everything to keep Brahim Diaz at Etihad

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has declared club’s desire to keep hold of Brahim Diaz amid Real Madrid transfer talk

One of the most talented Citizens players along with Phil Foden, Diaz arrived at the ranks of Manchester City from Malaga back in 2013 at the age of 13.

The Spanish attacking midfielder is yet to establish himself in the senior squad although he scored a brace in the EFL Cup Fourth Round against Fulham.

Diaz’s contract with the reigning Premier League champions will expire next summer, and Real Madrid appeared the most likely candidates to grab the highly-rated youngster.

However, in his recent interview with Belfast Telegraph, Guardiola has revealed Man City will do everything in their power to persuade Diaz to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

“The case of Brahim is very simple. We want him to stay, we want to extend his contract for four or five years, and we’ll do absolutely everything to keep him here.

“But, as I said before, it’s in his hands. My advice is if he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”

Former Barcelona boss can’t afford himself to lose another young talent after allowing Jadon Sancho to leave for Borussia Dortmund last summer.