Premier League side Manchester City have announced that full-back Aleksandar Kolarov will leave the club and join Serie A side AS Roma.
The club will allow the defender to leave, after Kolarov told manager Pep Guardiola that he no longer wants to play for the team. The 31 year old defender, who enters into the final year of his Manchester City contract, was not included in the team’s squad in their recent 2-0 defeat against city rivals Manchester United in the International Champions Cup on Thursday.
After the loss to The Red Devils, Guardiola said: “I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma.” Guardiola also added by saying that, Kolarov has claimed he wants to leave and wished him all the best on his new journey.
Kolarov joined the Citizens from Roma’s city rivals SS Lazio back in 2010 for 16 million and played a total of 165 matches since then, scoring a total of 11 goals.
Manchester City have signed full back Kyle Walker, from Tottenham Hotspurs for a fee of £50 million and are also keen on signing Danilo from Real Madrid, which means that the Sky Blues are already looking for replacements for the Serbian defender.
Guardiola’s side are also interested in bringing in French international Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco, the two time Premier League champions have released three full backs this transfer window, the players to leave the club were Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.
During the Manchester Derby on Thursday, Guardiola was forced to play Fernandinho and Elaquim Mangala as his full backs for the match because of the team not having many options. In the post match press conference Pep said that he was forced to play center back Mangala and defensive midfielder Fernandinho as his full backs.
“We don’t have another option; we don’t have full-backs.”– Guardiola stated. He also added that Kolarov is a step away from joining AS Roma, thus they did not have options.
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