PEP GUARDIOLA says Manchester City have done everything to try to keep Real Madrid target Brahim Diaz at the Etihad.
The Spanish teen looks certain to sign with the Spanish giants when his City contract expires in the summer – and could even go in January.
Reuters4 Guardiola wants to keep hold of Diaz
Paris Saint Germain are also monitoring the situation with the Premier League champs becoming resigned to losing the 19-year-old.
Talks have been ongoing for several months but Diaz is concerned about the lack of first team opportunities at City.
Guardiola said: "The case of Brahim is very simple, we want him to stay, we want to extend his contract for four or five years and we'll do absolutely everything to keep him here.
"But as I said before it's in his hands. My advice is: if he doesn't want to stay, he has to leave.
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Reuters4 Diaz struck twice in the recent Carabao Cup win over Fulham
"We protect him, before we arrive in this period, it was the same with Jadon [Sancho] and Phil [Foden]. But he has to decide and it's no more than that."
"They cannot say we didn't do absolutely everything to take care of them, him and his families – like a human being, like a person, like a football player."
City lost Sancho to Borussia Dortmund last year and are now facing up to losing another of their stars.
At least England kid Foden looks set to sign a new six-year deal in the next few days.
Arfa Griffiths – The Sun4 The 19-year-old made his City debut at Swansea in 2016
Guardiola said: “They arrive as young kids, but the market is the market.
"City go around England to take players, they work at other clubs and want to stay there.
"At Barcelona, there were many many player for example Cesc Fabregas wanted to leave and go to Arsenal, it happens always this situation."
Diaz is believed to be keen to play more regular football but Guardiola says that is not something that happens regularly for teenagers with top clubs.
AFP or licensors4 Guardiola has given amply opportunities to City group of burgeoning youngsters
He added: “All we can do is speak with the families, find out what they want to do with these guys, we tell them the truth, how complicated it is in some periods.
"How many young players are playing at 18 or 19 in the big clubs in Europe and the world and playing every week?
"Maybe one – Mbappe but not the other ones.
"David Silva, for example, came away and was young, he went from Valencia to Eibar in the second division."