Pep Guardiola says Manchester City star Phil Foden’s boundless potential was evident when he was 17

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Pep Guardiola praises Manchester City starlet Phil Foden more and insists he had ‘never seen a player with this potential’ when child prodigy caught the eye at 17 – but admits ‘the best is Messi’

  • Pep Guardiola has again praised Manchester City star Phil Foden
  • Foden has had another great season and has consolidated his place as the protagonist
  • Guardiola once said that at the age of 17, Foden was the player with the most potential
  • The city boss has doubled down on his position, detailing Foden’s desire to play

Pep Guardiola once again lauded Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden and admitted that his limitless potential was evident when he was just 17.

Foden has had a fantastic season with City helping them win the Premier League and the Carabao Cup as well as reach the Champions League final and will also play at Euro 2020 with England at just 20 years old. .

His rapid rise through the ranks and into the first team has propelled him to stardom, and Rio Ferdinand chose to ask City boss Guardiola about the child prodigy during their interview this week.

Pep Guardiola praised Manchester City star Phil Foden after his amazing season

Already a three-time Premier League champion, Foden will also be attending Euro 2020

Already a three-time Premier League champion, Foden will also be attending Euro 2020

Guardiola memorably labeled Foden as ‘the most talented player’ he ‘has ever seen’ before the 2019/20 campaign, and has now partially doubled that stance.

Ferdinand asked the crafty coach what he meant by the statement, especially given that he oversaw Lionel Messi’s development at Barcelona.

“Well, the best is Messi first,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola coached Lionel Messi, but believes Foden had the most potential at the age of 17

Guardiola coached Lionel Messi, but believes Foden had the most potential at the age of 17

Second, I did not meet Leo Messi at the age of 17 the way I met Phil (Foden), and at that age I have never seen a player with this potential.

“But you have to see it on the field and on the biggest stages.”

Foden has scored 16 goals and 10 assists in his 49 appearances in all competitions this season, and he will try to add one more trophy to his already buzzing collection by helping City beat Chelsea in Porto.

Three-time Premier League champion Foden has cemented his place on City’s squad – and Guardiola was quick to praise his ability to bounce back from mistakes.

In a conversation with Rio Ferdinand, Guardiola went into detail about Foden's ability to bounce back

In a conversation with Rio Ferdinand, Guardiola went into detail about Foden’s ability to bounce back

‘He’s comfortable. He likes to play, ”Guardiola added. ‘If this happens, you have to protect him. He is a man who makes mistakes, but he (them) has forgotten. The most important part for a football player is the head.

‘He forgot all at once, one second. He is thinking of the following. He missed three chances in the home game against Borussia Dortmund. Do you know who scored? It was him. I had the feeling he is 20 years old. ‘

Earlier this month, Michael Owen tipped Foden and Chelsea forward Mason Mount for becoming ‘two of the best players in the world’ and the youngster continued to live up to his high bills.

Foden has 'demanding' to play after becoming a first-team star, according to Guardiola

Foden has ‘demanding’ to play after becoming a first-team star, according to Guardiola

As a result, according to the City boss himself, he has pleaded with Guardiola for more playing time.

“Now Phil is demanding things from the manager,” Guardiola said. ‘He used to play for 25 minutes, and he would be happy. Rest, happy. Play in the Carabao Cup, he is happy.

Now, next season, if I don’t play him in the Champions League, you’ll see what happens. He proved he can. ‘

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