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Speaking to The Sun, Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City wouldn’t sell Phil Foden for even €500m.

What did he say?

The England U21 international has struggled to breakthrough into the City line-up this season, registering just four appearances across all competitions this season.

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Despite failing to give him regular first-team opportunities, Guardiola has insisted Foden remains an integral part of the club’s plans in the future.

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He said: “We didn’t give Foden a new contract by accident. He is the only player that can’t be sold under any circumstances — the only one. Not even for 500m euros (£450.8m). Phil’s going nowhere — Phil is City. We won’t be signing anyone else for that position. When David Silva leaves, we know exactly who our new magician will be. He’s grown up with us. He’s one of us and he’s going to be brilliant — one of the Premier League’s best.”

Actions speak louder than words

Talk about making a statement of intent. If Guardiola doesn’t now make Foden the cornerstone of his City team, then he will be left to swallow his pride. The Spaniard’s unequivocal comments on insisting he won’t buy a replacement for when Silva leaves at the end of the current campaign, speaks volumes of the high regard in which he holds the academy prospect.

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But when City continue to fight for titles on multiple fronts, will Guardiola stay true to his words? The Etihad side have already seen Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho depart the club after failing to see a clear route into the first-team, and they simply cannot afford to let their poster boy in Foden go too. It would be a criminal oversight for history to now repeat itself.

Actions speak louder than words, and at the moment, the Citizens’ boss is doing nothing of the sort.


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