Aleksandar Kolarov is on the brink of leaving Manchester City to join Roma, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
The 31-year-old left-back has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Lazio in 2010.
Kolarov is now set to return to the Italian capital, with Guardiola revealing “Kolarov is one step from going to Roma”.
“I don’t like to work with people who doesn’t want to stay,” the City boss said after seeing his side lose 2-0 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.”