August 17, 2017

Guardiola confirms Kolarov wants Roma switch and hails City debutant Foden

Guardiola has praised 17-year-old Phil Foden.

Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov has told Pep Guardiola he wants to leave the club in order to join Serie A side Roma.

Aleksandar Kolarov is “one step” away from joining Roma after seven years with Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The Serbia international did not feature in City’s opening pre-season fixture on Thursday, a 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United in the International Champions Cup, with midfielder Fernandinho and out-of-favour central defender Eliaquim Mangala filling the left-back berth between them.

Kolarov was the only senior full-back to remain on City’s books at the end of last season, with Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna all released when their contracts expired.

England right-back Kyle Walker has arrived for an initial fee of £45million from Tottenham, and deals for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy and Real Madrid’s Danilo are believed to be in the works.

Nevertheless, Guardiola felt unable to select Kolarov against United after the 31-year-old former Lazio man informed him of his intention to leave – although the boss insisted there are no hard feelings between the pair.