Manchester City have made no progress in their efforts to keep Spanish wonderkid Brahim Diaz at the club beyond this season, Spanish newspaper Marca reports.
There have been mixed reports lately on where contract negotiations are at between City and Brahim’s camp, but Álvaro de Grado has backed up what the renowned Jose Alvarez reported early in September, stating that an agreement ‘is not close’ and Brahim’s future in England is ‘not guaranteed’.
The 18-year-old got his first minutes since the Community Shield in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Oxford United, playing 55 minutes before injury forced him off and he was replaced by Raheem Sterling.
Asked about Brahim’s contract situation in the embargoed portion of his Friday press conference, Pep Guardiola was evasive, labelling Brahim as “professional”, and praised the teenager’s ability.
“Brahim is a special guy,” Guardiola said. “He can play behind the striker – he is so dangerous.
“In pre-season he played behind the striker and played really well, so hopefully he can get the minutes he deserves.”
Diaz won his battle to avoid going on loan in the summer, despite Girona FC wanting to make use of his attacking versatility, but with an array of more experienced talent ahead of him in the City pecking order, he is finding game time hard to come by.
Out of contract next June, Brahim can begin to negotiate with foreign clubs from January with the likes of Real Madrid rumoured to hold an interest in the former Malaga payer.
Brahim must decide soon whether to follow in Phil Foden’s footsteps and pledge his long-term future to City or go the way of Jadon Sancho and continue his development elsewhere.