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Pep Guardiola Claims Phil Foden is Worth More Than £450m to Manchester City
90min
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:47

Pep Guardiola Claims Phil Foden is Worth More Than £450m to Manchester City

90min
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:47

‚ÄčManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on young attacker Phil Foden once again, saying no amount of money would convince him to sell the teenager - even the equivalent of ¬£450m.

Pep Guardiola Claims Phil Foden is Worth More Than £450m to Manchester City

The 19-year-old is yet to start a Premier League game for the Sky Blues in 2019/20, making a total of four appearances in all competitions. Nevertheless, he is held in high regard by both his coach and the clubs hierarchy, with the England Under-21 international earmarked as the long-term successor to David Silva once the Spaniard leaves next summer.
Foden struck his first goal of the campaign as¬†‚ÄčCity¬†downed Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in early October, his stoppage time arrow sealing a second straight¬†‚ÄčChampions League¬†victory for the Cityzens.
Speaking to the¬†‚ÄčSun¬†about the youngsters situation at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola stated: "We didnt give Foden a new contract by accident.¬†He is the only player that cant be sold under any circumstances - the only one. Not even for¬†‚ā¨500m.
"Phil is going nowhere - Phil is City. We wont be signing anyone else for that position.¬†When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be.¬†Hes grown up with us. Hes one of us and he is going to be brilliant - one of the¬†‚ÄčPremier Leagues¬†best.
"Its better to take things slowly," Guardiola explained. "One thing is clear: Foden has a place in Citys first team. Id be interested to see if a different manager would have given him his chance to develop, or loaned him out.
"I dont like leaving him out of certain games, but I must think of the whole squad. Phil understands that."
The Catalan has allowed fellow academy starlets Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz to leave Manchester in recent years, the former joining¬†‚ÄčBorussia Dortmund¬†in 2017, before his counterpart switched to¬†‚ÄčReal Madrid¬†in January last season.
However, he chose to fast-track Foden into the senior setup, affording the playmaker time to continue his development and adapt to the demands of elite-level football.

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