Guardiola defends Manchester City youth record after Brahim Diaz's Real Madrid move

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As quoted by BBC Sport. he continued: "I don't want people who don't want to stay here, to be with us and try to achieve what we want to achieve".

Meanwhile, Guardiola refused to be drawn on Liverpool's exit from the FA Cup with the Premier League leaders fielding a weakened team.

Sources told ESPN FC that Brahim was frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities but Guardiola said young players must be patient at leading clubs.

"Winning is important, we can not deny it, we are here in the semi-finals and it's one step to go back to Wembley, that's why we take it seriously in that game once we are here", he said.

"I never speak with the groundsmen... We have an opponent [Liverpool] that has done better than us, without us having him, and that can happen". "I never made a phone call to say "do this to damage our opponents".

"It's true the Carabao Cup is the more local competition".

Pep Guardiola has strenuously denied he ordered Manchester City's ground staff to let the grass grow longer ahead of last week's match against Liverpool.

Phil Foden has no interest in following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz, and is determined to make a name for himself at boyhood club Manchester City.

The other City scorers were Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Nicolas Otamendi, while there was also an own-goal by Semi Ajayi.

"Going to Real Madrid is not a bad step in his career. We wish him the best but congratulations to the academy for working so well".

As the English game begins to earn itself a reputation for letting its best talent leave without properly offering up decent first team opportunities, Guardiola said managers needed to have "more courage" in their younger players.

"Players at the age of 16 or 17 years old want a position in the first team where they will play 40 games, but this is very hard". What we have to do is, the people we believe have a chance to go there, to do everything, in training with us and be with us, and trust with them.

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