EPL: Guardiola speaks on another midfielder leaving Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola has strenuously denied he ordered Manchester City's ground staff to let the grass grow longer ahead of last week's match against Liverpool.

Diaz followed the path of Jadon Sancho, who is now pulling up trees at Borussia Dortmund and has gained worldwide recognition after being called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Sources told ESPN FC that Brahim was frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities but Guardiola said young players must be patient at leading clubs. You have to take a look at all big clubs in Europe at how many young players there are in their first teams.

"The young players need time - everybody".

"There are many, many clubs in the world, not just Man City, and people decide". If they (Liverpool) want to play quick, we want to play quicker. Ilkay Gundogan wasn't one of them but he set up four goals.

City's Under-21 side face Rochdale in the third round of EFL Trophy on Tuesday, with the competition allowing Premier League youngsters to face off against lower-league opposition in competitive action.

"I like the attacking side of the game and being able to play one-twos, arriving from midfield and score goals". Kompany has said he wants to remain at the club and Guardiola would like him to stay. If you want to be a top, top club for organisation, you can not deny any game or drop any competition. If not the door is open. They are important players but the only one who chose to stay was Phil. While he was making his way to the Trafford Centre, his former team-mate Brahim Diaz was being unveiled as a £22million Real Madrid signing at the Bernabeu.

"And after, maybe the managers in the Premier League will have more courage to put them [in the team]".

"I'm not the greenkeeper", Guardiola added.

"Always we try to put water on it, but it's not necessary here".

"We want to cut the field all the 10 years [of his career]". "He's our captain, 11 years here, we saw in the last two [league] games the huge quality and personality he has to play". I never speak with the groundsman. "Sometimes I'm really unfair with many, many players and when I chose to play him against Southampton he did really well and that's why he played against Liverpool". "I trust the groundsman, I never made a phone call to say do damage to our opponents".

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