Pep Guardiola claims that Phil Foden is the “only one” of his Manchester City players he wouldn’t sell for €500m.
The 19-year-old was described as the “most talented player I’ve ever seen” by City boss Guardiola in the summer, but is struggling to break into a star-studded side at the Etihad Stadium.
He has played just 102 minutes this season – with 90 of those coming in a Carabao Cup game at Preston – meaning Gareth Southgate has overlooked him for his latest Three Lions squad this week. And the media reacted predictably.
Guardiola told The Sun: “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.
“When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be.
“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.”
On Foden’s lack of chances in Guardiola’s starting XI, the City boss said: “It’s better to take things slowly.
“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.”