COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pep Guardiola has revealed that Aleksander Kolarov will be allowed to leave Manchester City this summer and Newcastle must swoop in and lure him to Tyneside.
Guardiola was quoted by the BBC as saying that the 31-year-old left-back does not want to remain with the Premier League giants, and has been allowed to pursue a move to Roma.
“I don’t like working with people who don’t want to stay. He has a big chance to go to Roma,” Guardiola said. “He has said he wants to leave. I wish him all the best.”
The Serbia international has been a mainstay of the Man City side in recent years since his move from Lazio seven years ago.
Kolarov was used as a centre-back as well as a left-back last season and is known for his incisive crossing ability as well as his deadliness from set-pieces.
Football Insider examines just how Kolarov could be the key in keeping Rafa Benitez’s side afloat next season if the Toon can beat Roma to his signature.
Here are three reasons why, including how the defender could be key in getting the best out of a faltering 22-year-old at St. James’ Park: