The Athletic – in a piece documenting Foden’s rise at City – claims the 20-year-old turned down a number of clubs bidding to take him on loan, in favour of staying put and training under Pep Guardiola.
The report claims the message Foden has lived by is that ‘a handful of games at City, in their style, is worth 20 anywhere else.’
Tottenham and Everton are said to have been the clubs closest to securing loan moves for the young Englishman, with Spurs targeting a deal in December 2018 and the Toffees a year later.
Foden has exhibited extraordinary patience at City, especially considering the success fellow academy graduate Jadon Sancho has enjoyed having left the club for Borussia Dortmund.
But academy coach Jason Wilcox claims Foden made the right decision by remaining in Manchester.
“I think Phil has shown the patience because he trusts the manager and his staff,” Wilcox said.
“And he’s being coached by the best manager in the world, so why wouldn’t you show patience if you’ve got that environment? He’s training every day with the best players in the world.”