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Pep Guardiola has spoken up on Manchester City’s youth prospects following the departure of Brahim Diaz from the club.
Diaz joined Real Madrid on an initial £15.5m and the amount could rise to £21m with add-ons. Diaz had been expected to leave the club as he had very limited game time under Guardiola.
the youngster followed the footsteps of Jadon Sancho who went on to join Borussia Dortmund last season. The winger has been one of the hottest English youth prospects and has been a regular for the German side scoring and assisting quite frequently.
City’s youth policy has often attracted criticism but Guardiola feels youth players need to have patience if they want to make a big mark in their career. “They win the opportunity [to play] on the field but you have to take a look at all the big clubs in Europe how many young players are in the first team.
“The young players need time.
“David Silva, for example, was loaned to other [clubs] before he became what he is right now, before he came us. Some have patience, some trust what the club want to do, and some don’t.
“There are many clubs in the world, not just Manchester City, and people decide. What we have to do if we believe they have a chance [to make it] is do everything — train with us and trust us and then they, their families, their agents decide what is best for the player and that’s all.”