Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Phil Foden’s “behaviour and attitude” after his two-goal display against Burnley, while also revealing plans for his long-term future.
Foden scored in each half as City eased to a 5-0 win at the Etihad, scoring for a second successive game having also netted against Arsenal last week.
Foden had claimed that his performance v the Clarets was his best in a City shirt so far after the game and speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola found found it hard to disagree.
He said: “I’m not going to disagree with Phil, but I remember some games in the cup when he played quite similar.
“I’m happy for him and if he feels that’s his best performance, perfect.
“I’ve said many times, when Phil has played he’s never played bad. Especially with his behaviour and attitude.
“He loves to play football. You see it on Twitter and Instagram, when he has a day off he’s with his friends with a ball.
“He loves it, when he goes on the pitch before a training session the first thing he does is take a ball and start to pass.
“He loves to play football and I think every time he has played with us since he was promoted to be with us he was at a high level.
“We cannot forget he is 20-years-old, he has to improve, but he will be an important player for the next decade at this club.
“The minutes he has, he deserves them, every minute he plays. And not just for the two goals, for everything, he fights, he plays and he’s a joy to watch.”
With David Silva set to leave the Citizens at the conclusion of the current season, there has been some speculation over how he would be replaced.
But Guardiola seems to have put an end to that, stating that the club have always been sure that Foden would be the man to take his place.
He added: “When David said ‘okay, it’s my last year’, we spoke with Txiki [Begiristain], with the board and everyone said ‘okay, in this position we have Phil’.
“We don’t have to invest any pounds or in any new players when we have Phil.”