Manchester City wonderkid Brahim Diaz played five times in the Premier League this season, which, like Phil Foden, entitled him to a winners medal at the tender age of 18.
Brahim and Foden are two of Pep Guardiola’s young protégés at the Etihad Stadium, but with so much talent on the books and more arriving, they face a challenge in getting regular game time.
Foden, who is in line for a new long-term deal after turning 18, is not going out on loan next year.
But what about Brahim? Will he remain under Pep’s tutelage next season or be sent out on loan for experience, with Girona FC, part-owned by his agent Pere Guardiola, a potential destination?
The 18-year-old has spoken to Spanish newspaper Marca and his wishes are clear – he wants to stick around and fight for more game time.
“Next season? I hope to continue at City, I see myself here,” said Brahim. “My dream to stay with this team and work, little by little, towards more.”
Asked about David Silva ‘pampering’ him, Brahim spoke warmly of his 32-year-old ‘big brother’.
“[Silva] is like my big brother. I learn from everyone, but David is special. He teaches me a lot. Laporte is also a great friend on and off the pitch.”
Having made ten appearances in all competitions, it was a progressive year from Brahim, who appeared just once in Pep’s debut season. He was asked about his feelings on the Blues’ double-winning campaign.
“I have grown. I’m with a coach that I learn personally and professional from every day. Pep teaches me new things every day, so I will continue to grow.”
The teenager was also quizzed about what City might be lacking to win the Champions League, after falling short again this season.
“You have to be patient,” he responded. “All the trophies are important, so don’t obsess over the Champions League. It will come little by little. The Premier League title is beautiful.”
The expected arrival of Riyad Mahrez could make things tougher for Brahim in regards to getting minutes on the pitch, but the young man has a lot of character and believes in himself. And if he isn’t going out on loan, it means Pep Guardiola surely has plans for him next season…
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