Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Brahim Diaz from Manchester City for £15.5 million on a six-and-a-half-year deal.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola were keen on keeping the player, but the 19-year-old seemed to have his mind made-up and had initially rejected an offer for a contract extension, with the player ready to leave as a free agent at the end of the season.
In the wake of his move to Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola has revealed his anger towards the 19-year-old, but wished him well at his new club.
“Hopefully other players won’t decide to move on,” Guardiola said.
“I don’t want people who don’t want to stay here, to be with us and try to achieve what we want to achieve.”
“If players want to stay, the door is always open for them.”
“I wish him all the best.” He added.
“We did the same with Brahim as we did with Phil and Jadon. They are important players but the only one who decided to stay was Phil.”
“Players win opportunities on the field. You have to take a look at all big clubs in Europe at how many young players there are in their first teams.”
“Young players need time – David Silva for example, he went on loan to big clubs to become what he is right now.
“Some players have patience, some don’t. The players, their family, their agent; they decide what is best for them.”
Having sold the 19-year-old, Manchester City made sure to have a way to plunge more money out of the sale with a bizarre clause which would see them receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee. However, that fee will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United.