The future of Manchester City has a name and is called Phil Foden, a 21-year-old Stockport native who has come through the youth ranks at all levels of the Citizens and whose talent has made him one of Pep Guardiola's most gifted attackers.
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He has always excelled in midfield, with a very fine left foot and great creative ability, which filled the eye of the formers of the Sky Blues and, in the 2017/2018 season, when he was 17 years old, he made his debut with the first team in a Champions League match against Feyenoord, becoming the fourth-youngest English player to make his debut in the Champions League.
Quickly settled in at Guardiola's City
It did not take him long to settle at the highest level, with the fact that, at his young age, he already has five seasons in the elite and is even part of the English national team, with which he played the Euro 2021. As if that were not enough, he already has 4 English League Cups, 3 Premier Leagues, 2 Community Shields, and an FA Cup.
Undoubtedly, City's number 47 is one of the most striking emerging talents in European soccer and is looking to win his first UEFA Champions League title.
A very mature young man
Foden is a mature, quiet, and family-oriented young man. With his girlfriend, with whom he has been since high school, he has already had his first child. "Everything looks different when you have a child," the player himself assured the club's media. Even so, he does not expose any member of his family on social networks, in order to protect them from public opinion.
His salary is not commensurate with his level and importance at Manchester City. He is at the bottom of the squad ladder with a salary of €1.7 million per season, according to Marca. However, the club is already working on improving his situation. His contract expires in 2024, but the intention is to extend it for a few more years and increase his salary significantly. According to the English press, the offer he will receive will earn him around seven million euros per season.
England national team
In the English national team, his talent is not wasted either. He is already a regular in Southgate's call-ups, but this is nothing more than his expected progression after being capped at every youth level for the 'Three Lions'. Among his achievements is being voted best player at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, where England lifted the title.