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09 January, 2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he "does not mind" that talented youngster Brahim Diaz has left his club - explaining that he doesn't want players "who do not want to stay here" to remain with the team.

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Asked if he wants Kompany to stay at City, Guardiola said: "I would like it".

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Guardiola added that he wasn't disappointed to lose Diaz or Jadon Sancho.

"We are in four competitions so everybody plays", he said, "Everyone is involved, we are playing every three or four days and we need everybody. If players want to stay, the door is always open for them".

"We saw with the last two games, his problem is that he can only play in one of them [Kompany was in the line-up against Liverpool last week but then sat out the FA Cup win over Rotherham]". They are important players but the only one who made a decision to stay was Phil. "He played good at Southampton, today Kyle plays the best game of the season by far", Guardiola said of his right-back selection dilemma.

Foden is sad to see his friend Brahim leave the club, but wishes him the best in Madrid, where the Spanish winger is expected to be given first-team opportunities in the second half of the season. If you want to go, the openings will be there. 'I never do something to trick. "I trust the groundsman, I never made a phone call to say do damage to our opponents".

Guardiola, meanwhile has confirmed Benjamin Mendy has returned to training following a knee injury that has sidelined him since mid-November and he could be back in action within two weeks.

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