Pep Guardiola explains why Man City starlet Phil Foden ‘can’t be sold under any circumstances’ – even for €500m


Pep Guardiola insists not even a €500million bid could tempt him into selling Man City starlet Phil Foden.

The 19-year-old, who was given his City debut by Guardiola in November 2017, is regarded as one of England’s brightest prospects.

Phil Foden is the future of Manchester City, according to Pep Guardiola

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Phil Foden is the future of Manchester City, according to Pep Guardiola

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But he has struggled for first-team minutes over the past two seasons, failing to start any of City’s first eight Premier League games this term.

Nonetheless, Guardiola insists Foden is going to be a star at the Etihad and will refuse to ever let him leave.

According to The Sun, Pep said: “We didn’t give Foden a new contract by accident.

“He is the only player that can’t be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500m euros.

“Phil’s going nowhere – Phil IS City. We won’t be signing anyone else for that position.


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“When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be.”

Guardiola labelled Foden ‘the most talented player’ of his age he has ever worked with over the summer.

However, the midfielder finds himself behind Kevin De Bruyne, Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order at the Etihad.

Guardiola added: “He’s grown up with us. He’s one of us and he’s going to be brilliant – one of the Premier League’s best.

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“One thing is clear, Foden has a place in City’s first-team.

“I’d be interested to see if a different manager would have given him his chance to develop, or loaned him out.

“I don’t like leaving him out of certain games but must think of the whole squad. Phil understands that.”

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