Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Aleksandar Kolarov is close to joining AS Roma in a deal worth around £6.3 million.
Kolarov was an unused substitute against Manchester United in the 2-0 preseason loss, with Guardiola instead opting to use Patrick Roberts and Eliaquim Mangala at left-back. When asked about the decision, Pep Guardiola said:
“We don’t have another option, we don’t have full-backs. We try to buy full-backs on the right side, not just Kyle because the other three full-backs we didn’t extend the contracts.
“Kolarov is one step to go to Roma. That’s why we don’t have any other options.
“I don’t like to work with people who don’t want to stay. Kola helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things.
“But he had a big chance to go back to Rome where he was before and he spoke to me, the club and asked me to leave.
“I don’t like to stay with players who don’t want to stay. That’s why it’s the best option for everybody.
“I wish him all the best because he’s a really nice guy. We had an excellent relationship. I was very pleased to train him and I wish him and his family the best.