Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Guardiola wants competitive games for young players after Brahim Diaz departure

Guardiola wants competitive games for young players after Brahim Diaz departure

Phil Foden has no interest in following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz, and is determined to make a name for himself at boyhood club Manchester City.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he "does not mind" that talented youngster Brahim Diaz has left his club - explaining that he doesn't want players "who do not want to stay here" to remain with the team.

The Spain under-21 worldwide was part of Guardiola's first team squad, despite not playing any minutes in the Premier League or Champions League, but the City boss has no plans to sign a replacement.

"There are many, many clubs in the world, not just Man City, and people decide".

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'Against Rotherham we played with nine players who didn't play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection'.

Rotherham's record defeat in this cup tournament was 6-0, but a new one was set by Sane who shoved off two defenders near the box before cutting onto his right foot to get a shot away, which deflected past a hapless Rodak.

"I am not the groundskeeper", Guardiola said. Every team has to be top with huge players. Hopefully, in the last part of the season he is able to help us because we need him. When this happens, you do the best for your opponents.

Guardiola, meanwhile has confirmed Benjamin Mendy has returned to training following a knee injury that has sidelined him since mid-November and he could be back in action within two weeks.

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Meanwhile, Guardiola refused to be drawn on Liverpool's exit from the FA Cup with the Premier League leaders fielding a weakened team.

"I'm not the greenkeeper", Guardiola added. The better conditions for both teams, I never put in some trick about this. I have many issues to think about than that.

"We want to cut the field all the time, all my career, 10 years as a manager".

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position". It's hard for me to choose, but I never give Danilo four or five games in a row. "I trust the groundsman, I never made a phone call to say do damage to our opponents".

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