Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is close to joining Roma, according to Pep Guardiola.
Kolarov is one of City’s longest serving players, having first joined from the Giallorossi’s cross-city rivals Lazio in 2010.
The 31-year-old has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups during his time at the Etihad but was forced to play a bit-part role under Guardiola last season.
“I don’t like to work with people who don’t want to stay,” said the Spanish manager, following City’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup on Thursday night.
“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 have allowed a number of experienced defenders to leave the club this summer, including Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy.
Guardiola has already brought in England international Kyle Walker from Tottenham, while City have also been linked with Real Madrid defender Danilo and long-time target Benjamin Mendy at Monaco.
“The season is so long,” Guardiola said. “Of course, we would like to have the players as soon as possible.
“We have 11 months in front of us to play a lot of games so important to arrive when they can arrive, when it is possible to arrive. If not, we’re going to find solutions.
“But we knew that from the beginning. Today we know the transfer market and how complicated it is for all the clubs.
“We’re going to find the best solution to help us to improve, but both for example Ederson and Kyle (Walker) made an outstanding performance so the guys who came will help us a lot.”
City were also briefly linked with former Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, who recently moved from the Turin club to AC Milan.
“What happened last season was last season,” he said. “Bonucci is an exceptional player – an exception in terms of character, personality and everything.
“That’s why he played in one of the best teams in the world, Juventus, now in Milan. But it is what it is. Sometimes it happens, situations happen. Sometimes not.”Euro Soccer Bonus
Our fantastic Euro Soccer accumulator offer gives you the chance to earn a bonus of up to 100% on accumulators on the top domestic leagues in Europe along with the group and knockout stages of the Champions League.
This offer applies to returns on pre-match accumulators of 3 or more selections on Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga 1 or UEFA Champions League.
The maximum bonus that you can receive is €100,000 or currency equivalent. The bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based .on the remaining active stake. If a qualifying bet is edited .using our Edit Bet feature. The bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply. Double Chance bets or combination bets with bonuses. Such as Lucky 15’s or Lucky .31’s do not apply for this offer.
If your bet is successful, we will add the following bonuses to your returns:
Bet Type Bonus
14-folds and upwards 100% bonus
Terms and Conditions
Applies to straight pre-match accumulator bets on the Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga .1 or Australian A-League matches. Maximum bonus €100,000 or currency equivalent. Euro Soccer Bonus does not apply to Double Chance bets or combination. bets with bonuses such as Lucky 15’s, Lucky 31’s etc.
If any selections are postponed/void then the bonus will still apply, but the percentage bonus added will reflect the actual number of winning selections. For example, an 8-fold accumulator with 7. winners and 1 postponed match will receive a 30% .bonus to returns.
The bonus part of your returns will be added to your account within 24 hours of your final selection having played.
This bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based on the remaining active stake.
If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature, the bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply.
Where any term of the offer or promotion is breached or there is any evidence of a series of bets placed by a customer or group of customers, which due to a deposit bonus, enhanced payments, free bets, risk free bets or any other promotional offer results in guaranteed customer profits irrespective of the outcome, whether individually or as part of a group, bet365 reserves the right to reclaim the bonus element of such offers and in their absolute discretion either settle bets at the correct odds, void the free and risk free. bets or void any bet funded by the deposit bonus.
In addition bet365 .reserve the right to levy an administration charge on the customer up to the value of the deposit bonus, free bet, risk free bet or additional payment to cover administrative costs. We further reserve the right to ask any customer to provide sufficient documentation for us to be satisfied in our absolute discretion as to the customer’s identity prior to us crediting any bonus, free bet, risk free bet or offer to their account.
All bet365 offers are intended for recreational players and bet365 may in its sole discretion limit the eligibility of customers to participate in all or part of any promotion.
bet365 reserves the right to amend, cancel, reclaim or refuse any promotion at its own discretion.