​Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz wants to stay and fight for his place in Pep Guardiola's squad, despite significant loan interest from other clubs.

The 18-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to City's Spanish sister club Girona from ​La Liga, and also ​Leeds United in the ​Championship, who are currently managed by Guardiola's footballing idol Marcelo Bielsa. 

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But Diaz, who made five Premier League appearances last season for the Citizens last year, has quashed speculation of a temporary move away and has expressed his desire to remain at the Etihad Stadium for the up and coming season. 

Diaz told ​Mundo Deportivo, "I will stay - it is a luxury to learn from the best, and live alongside them. I want to continue my development, be a success at City and win titles.

"There is nothing about loans. I only know that I am still with City, the rest is just rumours. I am totally focused on this team."

The 18-year-old also played three times in the Champions League for Guardiola's City last season, and Diaz has expressed his desire to help his club win the trophy during the 2018/19 season.

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Diaz added, "I just want to play as much as I can and keep learning. I would like to play more minutes - I am ambitious and want to stay at the club for a long time.

"My goal is to win everything. The Champions League and the ​Premier League are important objectives. The Champions League is beautiful, but all we want to do is keep winning and give a lot of happiness to our fans."

The Spanish Under-21 international also praised the influence of Guardiola on his career and compared the 47-year-old manager to a teacher giving lessons.


"It is exciting to learn from Pep Guardiola. I saw him win titles when I was a child and now I am with him"

"It is a dream. He gives us daily lessons - he is a teacher and helps me to improve constantly".

Diaz has already returned to City's training base for pre-season ahead of the opening Premier League match of the 2018/19 campaign against ​Arsenal on August 12th.