Guardiola: Real Madrid is not a bad step for Brahim to take

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Diaz joined City from Malaga aged 14 in 2013 and has always looked liked promising talent, making 15 first-team appearances during his time with the English club.

The academy youngster is likely to start again on Wednesday night for the Carabao Cup first leg with Burton Albion and Guardiola is happy with his progress although he says he is still learning.

He followed in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who left City in 2017 for Borussia Dortmund due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities and has since become a regular for the Bundesliga side and an England global.

'With four competitions, everyone is involved and we play games every three or four days, we need everybody.

Diaz signed a six-and-a-half-year contract on Sunday for a reported initial fee of €17million despite having never started a Premier League match.

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.

"Players win opportunities on the field".

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"When this happens, you do the best for opponents".

"Some players have patience, some don't".

"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".

Guardiola said: "I'm not the green keeper!"

Manchester City's chances of overtaking Liverpool and defending their Premier League title depends by a large extent on Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne staying fit and in form for the rest of the campaign, manager Pep Guardiola said.

Foden, meanwhile, has played just 91 minutes of Premier League football this season - he has the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in front of him - and has a fight on his hands to gain a regular first-team spot.

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.

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