Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised ‘fantastic’ Dani Olmo while dismissing City’s interest in him ahead of their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
The Citizens have already qualified for the last-16 as group winners, currently four points clear ofParis Saint-Germain
in second with just Tuesday’s game againstRB Leipzig
side qualified for the Europa League only after a terrible group-stage performance, are yet to win at home in Europe this season, and parted ways with head coach
on Sunday due to a bad run of play.
, on the other hand, lavished praise on Leipzig, hailingOlmo
as a remarkable performer, while dismissing any talk of a rumored bid for the Spain international.
Asked about a potential transfer for forward Olmo, Guardiola responded:
"[The] answer is no. He is a Leipzig player.
"If we are interested, I'm sure City will contact Leipzig. Saying that, he is a fantastic, fantastic player.
"I'm happy he had the courage to leave Barcelona to develop his skills and then arrive at Leipzig."
Olmo was brought intoBarcelona
’s youth system in 2007, meaning he and Guardiola shared time at the club together – though the midfielder was only a child at the time.
Olmo would then leave Barca in 2015 forDinamo Zagreb
, who sold him to Leipzig last year.
The former Barcelona man has made only three starts this season across all competitions, providing one assist.
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