Aaron Hickey will not join Manchester City in the summer according to Brentford boss Thomas Frank.

The Scotland international, 20, has been linked with a big-money move to join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

A report at the weekend had suggested Premier League giants had watched Hickey and been impressed with the youngster since his move to Brentford.

Hickey joined Brentford in the summer from Bologna after two seasons in Italy.

And while speculation is rife over a Manchester City move for the former Hearts full-back, Frank insists he will not be sold.

"We will not sell him. He’s not even been here a year," said the Brentford manager.

"With all due respect, I think he’s a very good young player that I think has a fantastic future ahead of him.

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"There needs to be a little bit more to get into the City team in terms of performances."

However, Frank did tip Hickey to keep improving and reach the levels required to perform at the standard of a club like Manchester City.

He added: "I think he’s done well and I really like him. I think he can get up there."

Further commenting on Hickey's development, Frank said: "Aaron has taken some good steps in the right direction.

"He played a very good game against Aston Villa. He is progressing very well. He has a lot of things to improve.

"We are pleased with his first season, but there’s much more to come from him."

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