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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails Foden.

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Foden put in a man-of-the-match display in City's win over Burnley on Monday.

England Under-21 star Foden impressed against Burnley [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
England Under-21 star Foden impressed against Burnley [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City do not need to sign a player to replace David Silva as they already have Phil Foden, who is set to fill the Spaniard’s boots. Silva, who joined the Citizens from LaLiga club Valencia back in 2010, will be leaving the Etihad this summer and Guardiola can see Foden becoming a very important player for City going forward. Foden scored a brace in City’s 5-0 win over Burnley on Monday, with Riyad Mahrez scoring twice and veteran attacking midfielder Silva also hitting the target. After the triumph, Guardiola said of the England Under-21 star as BBC Sport quoted: "When David said it was his last year, I told the board we have Phil, so we don't have to invest. Guardiola added in a news conference: "[For] David [Silva] it is difficult to find a replacement like him and what he has done for this club. "For the people from Abu Dhabi [City's owners] who have made investments in good players like Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio [Aguero], Yaya Toure, many of these players, David as well, have helped us to be who we are as a team, as a club. "So, it's difficult to find a replacement, but of course you have a young Manchester City fan [Foden] who every time he plays, he has something unique: his passion. "He gives his passion to all of us in the way he trains and his love of football and every time he plays, he plays good.


More: David Silva will get a send-off when it is feasibly possible. "He's a guy who plays box-to-box and his sense for the goal is incredible and in the next decade, 15 years, he will be an outstanding player for us, for this amazing club. I have no doubts. "I've seen his behaviour when he doesn't play and, in the training sessions, he never complains or has a bad face. When your behaviour is that way, always you can improve. "With a bad face, you cannot improve, it's impossible. With a good face, you can always improve. Wanting to listen, learn and he deserves to be part of this squad and every minute he gets is well deserved." The ex-Barca boss also spoke about how versatile Foden is. "The good players play everywhere. The guys who understand the game and what he has to do in every single moment of the game and every single action. He can play everywhere," he added.


"Phil is one of them, especially up front. Of course, he is not a 'winger winger', but he can play there.

"We cannot forget that he won the [Under-17] World Cup with England playing as a right winger, so he can play in this position and play everywhere.

"But I like him to play close to the box because he has something special when it comes to sensing a goal.

"It's not easy to find wingers with such a sense for goal. He scored the other day [against Arsenal], he scored two [against Burnley] and made an incredible assist, the penalty he made an incredible pass to Sergio too.

"So, he's a guy that when he is close to the box, he always gives something. We can count on him, without a doubt."


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