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Pep Guardiola is yet to offer consistent first team opportunities to starlet Phil Foden

Phil Foden’s ‘close circle’ believe starlet should stay at Manchester City… as a loan move away from the Etihad would damage his progression

  • Manchester City starlet Phil Foden feels a loan move away would not be helpful 
  • The 19-year-old is seen as one of the finest young talents in English football 
  • Foden hasn’t been afforded the same chances as the likes of Mason Mount
  • City insist Foden will get his break and is in line to take David Silva’s place 
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Manchester City starlet Phil Foden feels a loan move away from the reigning Premier League champions would hinder his progress, despite his limited playing time.

The family and friends of the 19-year-old are reported to be keen for the England youngster to continue his role at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola, in which he receives game time primarily in cup competitions.

‘There is a feeling within Foden’s close circle that leaving City on loan could actually prove damaging to the teenager’s progression,’ according to a report in the Times.

Pep Guardiola is yet to offer consistent first team opportunities to starlet Phil Foden

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Pep Guardiola is yet to offer consistent first team opportunities to starlet Phil Foden

The 19-year-old was given 90 minutes during the recent Carabao Cup clash with Preston

The 19-year-old was given 90 minutes during the recent Carabao Cup clash with Preston

The 19-year-old was given 90 minutes during the recent Carabao Cup clash with Preston

Foden has played just 101 minutes for City so far during the current campaign, with 90 of them coming against Preston in the Carabao Cup.

The report goes on to state that City ‘have no intention’ of sending Foden out to another Premier League club on loan.

Foden is understood to be open to a move only if advised and sanctioned by the coaching staff at City and given the seal of approval from Guardiola.

Despite Foden’s England team-mates from the youth system such as Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount making the step up to the senior ranks, the City man looks set to continue waiting out for his chance.

Foden's contemporaries Jadon Sancho (left) and Mason Mount are already England seniors
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Foden's contemporaries Jadon Sancho (left) and Mason Mount are already England seniors

Foden’s contemporaries Jadon Sancho (left) and Mason Mount are already England seniors

With playmaker David Silva set to leave the club at the end of the season, the Times state Foden has been given assurances he will fill the Spaniard’s place in the first team if he continues to impress behind the scenes.

As reported by the Mail on Sunday, Foden remains determined to show Guardiola he is ready to feature this season as regularly as possible. 

‘He [Guardiola] has his own opinions and I stick by how I am,’ Foden said. ‘I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training.

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‘There is a bit of team-mates telling me to be patient but obviously I’m hungry and want to play now. I’m going to fight for it every day. I’m ready to play whenever.’