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Brahim Diaz: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola not disappointed over midfielder's move
The 19-year-old has signed a six-and-a-half-year contract worth more than £21m with the Spanish giants, and was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday. Spaniard Diaz joined City from Malaga aged 14 in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances for the club. "Hopefully other players won't decide to move on," said Guardiola. "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." Real Madrid have 'special talent' in Diaz Man City back youth record When asked if he was disappointed Diaz had left the club, Guardiola replied "no" but added: "I wish him all the best." Diaz is the latest young prospect to leave City after Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund last year, in comparison to highly-rated 18-year-old Phil Foden, who has made eight Premier League appearances this season. "We did the same with Brahim as we did with Phil and Jadon," said Guardiola. "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." City have been questioned over their decisions to allow youth prospects to leave Etihad Stadium, having sold three during the summer as well as Sancho and Kelechi Iheanacho in 2017. The club are standing by their record but Guardiola said managers needed to have "more courage" in their younger players, calling for a second league to be created in order to create a pathway for younger players to break into Premier League clubs' first teams. "Create a good second league and you will see how many players make it to the Premier League," he said. "Perhaps then managers in the Premier League will have more courage to play them."