Guardiola okays Diaz’s move to Real Madrid

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"I prefer it to be in the four competitions as far as possible", Guardiola said.

"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". We want to cut the field all the 10 years, it's better conditions for both teams, when this happens, you do the best for opponents. You do the best for the opponent, respect the rules for everybody'. So some players have patience and trust with the club and what we want to do, some they don't. I never did [request long grass against Liverpool].

Though last Thursday's victory was a huge night for City and their hopes of retaining the Premier League title, they have been distracted by cup competitions since.

Guardiola does not want to rush the Belgian midfielder back after two injuries disrupted his season but he showed his quality in the 66 minutes he played, with the City boss saying De Bruyne sees things that other players can not.

"We thank Jamie for his assistance in the situation, who I am sure did not expect his day to pan out such as it did when he flew from NI that morning!"

Burton are putting the facilities into practice in preparation for the visit of Manchester City in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup on January 23.

Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund in 2018 and Guardiola is determined not to give anyone who threatens to leave preferential treatment.

Guardiola stated this after Real Madrid signed Manchester City midfielder, Brahim Diaz on Sunday.

Gillingham were left fuming at a disallowed goal against Southend, when Connor Ogilvie appeared to have scored, only for the officials to wave play on as they felt the ball hadn't crossed the line. I said many times, we did with Brahim the same we did with Phil (Foden) and Jadon (Sancho), we did absolutely everything but in the end the only one who decides to stay is Phil so that's all.

Three minutes to the interval, City made it two after Phil Foden managed to get enough possession following deceiving instincts to steer well underneath Marek Rodak in the opposing goal. "We wish him the best but congratulations to the academy for working so well".