Real Madrid sign Brahim Diaz from Manchester City for reported €15m

08 January, 2019, 02:30 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Brahim Diaz in action for Man City

But, despite Guardiola's reluctance to let him go, it appears Diaz has decided that Real Madrid is where he will develop his career.

While Diaz has been signed with the long term in mind, Madrid desperately require a short-term lift after another desperate weekend.

After Manchester City failed to tie him down to a new contract, Real Madrid jumped on the opportunity and signed the midfielder in January 2019 for £15.5 million.

Brahim, who joined City as a 16-year-old from Malaga, has turned down an improved contract offer at City.

A clause in the deal means that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, however, that will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United.

They are clearly wary that Diaz may grow to become a world superstar, and want to do anything possible to prevent him from moving to their city rivals.

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The player, who will wear the No. 21 shirt then spoke stating: "I'm arriving at the club I dreamed of playing as a boy".

"I promise to give 100 percent from the first day".

"My three options were Madrid, Madrid, and Madrid", the 19-year-old Spaniard said, adding it was his childhood dream to play for the club.

The deal is part of Madrid president Florentino Perez's stated policy of snapping up the best emerging Spanish talent - with Brahim joining Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Alvaro Odriozola in the Blancos squad.

Brahim has made just four appearances for City this season - three in the Carabao Cup and one in the Community Shield - and hasn't been named on the bench for a Premier League fixture. "He chose it above others and that energy will help".

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