Pep: Kolarov asked for Roma move

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that defender Aleksandar Kolarov is set for a switch to AS Roma after asking to leave.

The Serbian has spent seven seasons in Manchester but looks set to follow Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, and Pablo Zabaleta through the exit door and seal a return to Italy.

"I don't like to work with people who don't want to stay," Guardiola said after City’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

"Kola helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things, but he has a big chance to come back to Rome where he was before.

"He spoke to me, with the club but especially to me, and said he would like to leave and I don't like to live still with players that don't want to stay.

"That's what it is the best option for everybody, especially for him. I wish him all the best because he is a really nice guy.

"We had an excellent relationship with him, I was very pleased to train him and I wish him and his family the best."

City already have already brought in full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham, and have also been linked with Real Madrid’s Danilo.