Manchester City news: Phil Foden can be a club great for next ten years, says manager Pep Guardiola


Manchester City news: Phil Foden can be a club great for next ten years, says manager Pep Guardiola

Phil Foden can be a Manchester City star for the next decade, Pep Guardiola believes.

The teenager made his first Premier League start in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff and his display suggested he is ready to feature more.

Though Foden did not score, the 18-year-old forced a couple of saves from Neil Etheridge in the second half and saw one close range shot hit the post.

Foden starred for Man City against Cardiff and Guardiola thinks the club have a star for the next 10 years

“Phil, we know it, he’s young but he can do everything,” Guardiola said afterwards. “He can create chances, he’s incredible with his vision. We can count on them and that’s good.

“Every day he is in the locker room, he is part of the group and we trust him.

“I’m happy with the way he plays. He’s at a good level. He could have scored two goals, he’s exceptional.”

A 2-0 victory against Cardiff sent Man City back to the top of the Premier League

Foden signed a new City deal until 2024 in December and his manager said he would get his rewards in the long run.

“It’s not easy for him with [David] Silva, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Kevin] De Bruyne, but he wants to be here, he’s delighted to be here,” Guardiola added.

“I assure you next year he will play more minutes. That’s the process. He’s 18 or 19. For the next decade he will be important.”

Victory sent City back to the top of the table and they were ahead inside six minutes through De Bruyne, though the Belgian admitted after the match his shot from a tight angle on the touchline was intended as a cross.