Real Madrid-bound Diaz left out of strong Manchester City side against Rotherham

Teenage forward Brahim Diaz has started all of Manchester City's EFL Cup games this season, but will not face Rotherham United.

Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz   -  Getty Images

Brahim Diaz was left out of Manchester City's squad to face Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup amid reports he is set to join Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old forward has started all of City's EFL Cup games this season, scoring both goals in the fourth-round win over Fulham.

Diaz's contract expires at the end of this season and, although manager Pep Guardiola insists City has done "absolutely everything" to convince him to sign a long-term extension, he is understood to be on the verge of joining Madrid for an initial £15.5million.

In Diaz's absence, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus comprise a strong forward line for City, with his fellow academy graduate Phil Foden in midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.

Philippe Sandler, a 21-year-old close-season signing from PEC Zwolle, could make his City debut after being named among the substitutes.

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

Read the Free eBook

  Dugout videos