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Manchester City wonderkid Brahim Diaz wanted by Real Madrid as Premier League career fails to kick-start

Pep Guardiola lost out on the teenager when he was Barca boss and he could lose him again if Galacticos swoop

Manchester City face a fight with Real Madrid to keep hold of wonderkid Brahim Diaz, according to reports in Spain.

The Premier League side beat the Galacticos and Barcelona to the starlet’s signature in 2015 when Malaga cashed in but OK Diario claim they could lose him two years later.

Pep Guardiola chased Brahim Diaz for seven years

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Pep Guardiola chased Brahim Diaz for seven years

Brahim Diaz is the little wizard the Manchester City youth teams look to for inspiration

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Brahim Diaz is the little wizard the Manchester City youth teams look to for inspiration

Despite the playmaker making his senior debut in the League Cup last year – and being highly rated by Etihad bosses – he is yet to make his Premier League debut.

The 18-year-old scored 14 goals across the under-21 and U23 sides last season but has failed to make the step up.

And the Spaniard might be a little jealous of 17-year-old City team-mate Phil Foden who has jumped ahead of him with three spots on the first-team bench this campaign.

Diaz scored for City against Zinedine Zidane’s side during a pre-season friendly and it has now been suggested they are exploring the possibility returning him to Spain.

Diaz is under contract at City until 2019 but could be unsettled at a lack of first-team opportunities at a club with a poor record for blooding youngsters.

The teenager was the star man on Wednesday when his U19 beat Feyenoord 2-0 in their opening UEFA Youth League game, hours before senior side romped to a 5-0 win.

18-year-old Brahim Diaz scored 14 goals across the under-21 and U23 sides last season

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18-year-old Brahim Diaz scored 14 goals across the under-21 and U23 sides last season

Brahim Diaz scored for City against Real Madrid during a pre-season friendly

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Brahim Diaz scored for City against Real Madrid during a pre-season friendly

And, if the sought-after star does not get a chance to shine in the League Cup clash against West Brom on Wednesday then he will feel hard done by.

After the victory, team-mate Edward Francis raved about Diaz, comparing him to Eden Hazard, David Silva and Lionel Messi.

The England U17 said: “He is a type of player who can win matches for us.

“He is strong with his left and right foot, he is definitely a big player for us.

Real Madrid want to take Brahim Diaz back to Spain

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Real Madrid want to take Brahim Diaz back to Spain

Young midfielder Phil Foden vies with Girona’s Alex Granell for the ball

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Young midfielder Phil Foden vies with Girona’s Alex Granell for the ball

Youngster Phil Foden was rewarded for his fine form with a place on the City bench

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Youngster Phil Foden was rewarded for his fine form with a place on the City bench

“If we can keep him fit, he can help us go all the way this year.

“In the Premier League we can compare him with Eden Hazard, but he is a bit like Messi in the way he dribbles.

“It’s good to have a player like him in the team. He is also a bit like David Silva.”

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