Brahim Diaz has made the decision to leave Manchester City when his contract expires in the summer, Spanish newspaper AS reports today.
The reason for this decision is a lack of game time, with 19-year-old Brahim limited to Carabao Cup appearances since he played 14 minutes in the Community Shield against Chelsea.
Diaz lit up the Etihad Stadium against Fulham in the last round of the Carabao Cup, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win, yet has not played a single minute since – and this situation, with so many big names in front of him, is said to have helped make his decision.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are trying to convince the talented teen to join them on a free transfer in the summer, AS claims, and Brahim ‘likes the idea’ of returning to his home country.
Diaz, who is represented by Pere Guardiola, brother of Pep, would be seen as a similar case to that of Marco Asensio, where he’d go through preseason with the Real Madrid first team before a decision was made on if he’d stay with them all season or go out on loan to a La Liga club.
The faulty logic there is that it’s pretty much an identical situation to his current one, where he’d either have to scrap for game time or be offered a loan. Diaz rejected a loan switch to Girona in the summer, wanting to stay and fight for his place – a decision that hasn’t worked out well.
City still have time to try and convince Diaz to stick around, and Pep Guardiola said recently that the club will do everything it can to keep him – but the signals from Spain are that City are poised to lose another wonderkid, who could follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho – the now-England international who moved to Borussia Dortmund and is now being valued as high as £100 million.