Guardiola upset at Brahim Diaz switch

Football 8 January 2019 22:42 GMT

Pep Guardiola has come out upset calling out for a change in the system after Brahim Diaz was sold to Real Madrid and Jadon Sancho sold in the summer to Dortmund.

“Hopefully other players won’t decide to move on,” said Guardiola as quoted by BBC Sport.

“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.”

When asked if he was disappointed Diaz had left the club, Guardiola replied “no” but added: “I wish him all the best.”

“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.”

Pep Guardiola called for a second tier system that was strong to produce the link between the first team and the youth

“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.”

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