Pep Guardiola backs Phil Foden to deliver his speech on the field after Twitter blunder

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Pep Guardiola backs Phil Foden to make his speech on the pitch after Twitter blunder that saw furious Manchester City star cut ties with social media company

  • Pep Guardiola has supported Phil Foden to deliver his speech on the football field
  • The Man City youngster cut ties with a social media company this week
  • Foden, 20, was outraged by a tweet that PSG star Kylian Mbappé had tagged
  • Guardiola has told the youth in form to let his football do the talking

Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to keep talking on the pitch after an astonishing fortnight for Manchester City Academy graduate.

Foden has scored winning goals in both quarter-finals of the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and has kept his place in City’s top XI for the biggest matches this month.

The 20-year-old was left disappointed by a poorly reviewed tweet sent to Kylian Mbappé earlier this week and then cut ties with his social media company.

Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to let his football do the talking after a Twitter clanger

“It’s not about what we believe in the past – it’s about what they show on the grass,” Guardiola said. ‘Football players have to show every day. In football, it is the present, no matter what we have done.

‘Nowadays everyone is involved, talking on social media. The only way they can go is put it on the grass. All we get is on the grass.

‘No other situations. He will stay there depending on his performance. Every game you have to win something to stay in this team. ‘

The Manchester City youth was outraged after a tweet was sent from his account this week

The Manchester City youth was outraged after a tweet was sent from his account this week

Foden, 20, has tagged Kylian Mbappé ahead of the Champions League semi-final this month

Foden, 20, has tagged Kylian Mbappé ahead of the Champions League semi-final this month

Ten Toes Media, a London-based social media company that cites Harry Kane, Andy Robertson and Victor Lindelof as other top stars they cater to, claimed on Friday that all social media posts were approved by the talent or their representatives before publication.

The tweet from Foden’s account tagged Mbappé and asked ‘are you ready’ after City set up a clash with PSG by beating Dortmund.

“We are saddened by the current situation,” read a statement from Ten Toes Media published on Twitter.

Since the company was founded, we have adopted a process requiring all positions to be pre-approved by the talent / representative – no exceptions.

‘They have always been approved – they have been for 4 years and still are. Phil Foden is a special person and football player and we wish him all the best in the future. ‘

Social media company Ten Toes Media claims that all posts have been approved before being published

Social media company Ten Toes Media claims that all posts have been approved before being published

Sportsmail announced on Thursday evening that football players are fortressing between £ 1,000 and £ 4,000 a month to companies to handle their social media activities.

The amount that players pay depends on the required service level.

Industry sources have indicated that some players are not involved with their own social media accounts at all, despite the fact that it can take a few seconds to compose a message.

Meanwhile, Guardiola is trying to quell all talk of City’s pursuit of the Quadruple as they head into the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Catalan has claimed he is just happy that his team has proven that they can reach the final stages of any competition.

‘We fought for the titles, I respect the players. We didn’t have a break after Lyon (last August) and look what we’ve done in this difficult situation.

‘Sometimes it takes years to get something and you don’t get credit. Anything you get right away without effort is no fun.

Foden has been in red-hot shape and Guardiola has told the midfielder to focus on his game

Foden has been in red-hot shape and Guardiola has told the midfielder to focus on his game

‘We know how difficult it was to get to the Champions League semi-finals, so the luck is even greater. We would have liked it before, but we were there – and we were there every season.

‘Now they know that they can make it to the semi-finals and that will be the goal next season. Be stable as a club and fight again next season. But a bad performance – to judge four seasons because the Champions League is not working?

‘I know we are good because we are in the semi-finals. The margin was goal difference in the past. Now we were better, but we could have played against Dortmund. I am more than delighted to enjoy the semi-final. Continue to fight and be ourselves every day. Now we want to reach the final of the oldest club competition in the world. We would love to do it. Aston Villa and then the Carabao Cup. ‘

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