One of the most exciting new players at Manchester City is Brahim Diaz, who joined the club in 2015 and has impressed the club with his performances at the youth system. He has always been rated as a future star for the Sky Blues, and he's now officially a professional Citizen.
The club announced on Monday that Brahim has signed his a three-year deal, his first ever professional contract. Díaz commented on the news, and he's obviously very excited about it:
“I couldn't be happier signing my first professional contract with City. I only found out last week and it was amazing for me. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m really happy at City and my family is very happy in Manchester.
“It’s a dream for me and a big moment. I want to keep that dream going and hopefully I will get more opportunities to train with the first team.
Díaz made his first team debut in the EFL Cup match against Swansea City last week, and he thanked Pep Guardiola for the chance, and he revealed the coach's advice for him to keep working for more opportunities:
“I was calm because I was doing what I love the best, but it was amazing to get my chance, play with the players we have here and have Pep Guardiola as the coach. Pep has told me to keep working hard and my time will come which is obviously great for me to hear.”
Brahim also spoke about his influences and praised his teammate David Silva, who has a very similar playing style to Díaz:
“David is a player I admire so much. He is one of the best players in the world and he has everything. I can learn a lot from him and as a person, he is incredible.
“He has told me he can see me in the first team in the near future and that I have the quality needed. He told me I need to understand how things work, but that he likes my style and that if I work hard, my time will come.”
The 17-year-old also commented on life in Manchester, and his City dreams for the future:
“I really like Manchester and feel I could live here forever. I go back to Spain in the holidays which is fine but this is where I want to be and my family loves living here as well and they mean everything to me.
“Looking ahead, my immediate dream would be to play more for the first team and maybe even earn a place in the starting XI. That would be my dream scenario and I know there is a lot of hard work ahead for me – but I couldn’t be happier than I am and to sign an extension with City is incredible for me.”
Welcome to the big time, Brahim. May you be the superstar we all think you can be.