Brahim Diaz, who joined City's youth set-up from Malaga six years ago, is now said to be on the cusp of completing a move to Real Madrid.
Brahim Diaz says he never considered a club other than Real Madrid when he made a decision to leave Manchester City after not getting many chances with the English Premier League titleholder.
Nonetheless, Diaz was held up by City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak as one of the shining lights of the club's academy alongside Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, yet City have now lost two of that trio. A woman told the paper that the unidentified...
The Spanish midfielder is leaving Manchester City for Real today in a deal rising to €20m.
Díaz, who joined City in 2015, is understood to be on the verge of joining Real in a £22m deal if £6.5m of add-ons are triggered.
"I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club".
"I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child", an emotional Diaz said.
Brahim is to undergo a medical on Monday before being officially presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Interestingly, reports suggest that Real Madrid has promised Brahim Diaz regular first-team action, since the midfielder is making the switch after growing disillusioned with his playing time at Etihad.
Subsequently, Brahim will step on the pitch for Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid CF shirt and will attend the media in the press room. His only three competitive games this season came in the English League Cup, with City manager Pep Guardiola preferring to use Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva out wide.