Pep Guardiola admits he could not stand in Leroy Sane's way as the winger nears a move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City.
City are understood to have agreed a deal worth up to £54.8million to sell the 24-year-old.
Former Bayern manager Guardiola said: "It is not already done, there are still some little issues, but it looks like he is going to go to Munich.
"He wants to leave. Everyone has his own life. I would love him to stay here but he decided to leave because believes he will be better and happier.
"I give him a big, big thanks for all the years together. I wish him all the best in his new chapter at a fantastic club like Bayern Munich."
Guardiola is a big admirer of his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp, who he faces tonight
"I don't know him that well but I admire him and the way his teams, not just in Liverpool, but in Dortmund, play a type of football that is always a benefit for world football.
"It is a positive thing to try to score goals and this kind of manager helps a lot. Jurgen is a big, big example for this."