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21st Nov 2018

Manchester City youngster set to push for Real Madrid move due to lack of game time

Following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz is looking likely to leave Manchester City in search of more game time

Reuben Pinder

City look set to lose another promising youngster

Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz could push for a move away in search for more game time, according to reports.

Real Madrid are reportedly keen to bring Diaz to the Bernabeu, hoping that the draw of returning to his homeland will be enough to persuade the Spaniard.

Diaz’s current contract with Man City expires in June 2019, so he would join Madrid for free if City fail to agree a new deal with the midfielder.

The 19-year-old made 10 appearances in all competitions last season for City, and is yet to feature in the Premier League this season.

Diaz began his youth career with Malaga in 2010 before joining Manchester City’s academy in 2013. Pep Guardiola is a fan of Diaz, but has struggled to find opportunities to play him due to the competition for places at City.

“We will do everything to keep him… But it’s his decision,” Guardiola has previously said.

With Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Bernardo Silva fighting over two wide positions at City, Diaz has almost no hope of being given a run of games in which to prove his quality.

Real Madrid’s plan for Diaz’s development is similar to what they did with Marco Asensio; he would complete pre-season with Madrid before going out on loan to another LaLiga club to get some first team minutes under his belt.

Diaz will be free to negotiate with clubs in January.