By Liam Thomas

8th Oct, 2022 | 12:10pm

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola speaks out on Romeo Lavia and the buyback clause

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has broken his silence on the buy-back clause for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia in the future.

City sold Lavia to Southampton in July for £14million, however, they inserted a buy-back clause in his contract that means they will have the option to bring him back for £40million.

Chelsea made a deadline-day bid for Lavia, but the London club saw their approaches rejected by the Saints, who had only just brought him to St Mary’s.

“Romeo started amazingly at Southampton, then he’s had an injury… he left City as we got a good offer for him and his development, but we have an option in the future,” he said as quoted by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

It’s a very smart move from City and again highlights the classy levels their hierarchy operates at, inserting such a clause is a rarity in football.

Smart.

It’s a smart move from Manchester City and they’ll have a good option should Lavia prove to be a top Premier League player in the future.

The midfielder settled into life quickly at Southampton, so there are no doubts he’ll progress into an even greater talent over the coming years.

Chelsea’s late bid indicates there will be plenty of interest in the 18-year-old and it’s unclear whether they’ll make an attempt to sign him again when the window reopens.

Any such move, however, will likely be squashed by the Citizens, should they believe that Lavia can come to the Etihad and provide competition for places.

Lavia is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, which prevents him from facing Guardiola’s formidable side on Saturday afternoon, it would have been interesting to see how he fared in that one.

Nevertheless, the 18-year-old looks as bright as they come, he’ll be one to watch this season and next.

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