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|Club as Player||Manchester City|
2019 07 25 Retrieve
[Phil Foden admits he is lucky to form part of a special team at Manchester City] Anyone who plays will put a shift in and play well. I am lucky to be part of it. It is a special team. The success comes from the depth of the squad.
[There will, however, be no resting on their laurels by the Blues, with Guardiola demanding continuous improvement] He works us very hard in training and you can tell by what we do on the pitch he wants the best from us. That will only help us play better
[He is looking to kick on from this point and ensure that he is ready to be called upon when competitive action resumes in August] I have only been here two days. It is bound to be difficult [to acclimatise] but if I train hard my fitness will come back slowly
2019 07 26 Retrieve
[Phil Foden is dreading the day that David Silva leaves Manchester City] It’s going to be a shame. I’m not thinking about that too much because I don’t want it to happen. He’s here now so let’s try and be happy. He’s still a great player, you could see on Wednesday [in a 6-1 friendly win over Kitchee] how sharp he is even at the age he is. He’s still a special player.
[One memorable outing seeing him net the winner in a crucial clash with Tottenham] It was massive for me. It was such a big game, we needed the win and I came in and gave everything I got. I’m just happy it went so well and happy to help the team. I can’t wait. I’m glad to be back and feeling happy and sharp. I feel like I’m getting better and more mature and ready for any challenge that gets thrown at me. The manager has just told me to keep working. He’s not that kind of manager who gives you chances if you’re not playing well. You have to show him each day what you’re capable of and earn your chances
2019 07 26b Retrieve
[The appreciation between Pep Guardiola and Foden is mutual] I am lucky to be part of it. It is a special team. The success comes from the depth of the squad. He works us very hard in training and you can tell by what we do on the pitch he wants the best from us. That will only help us play better
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Phil Foden has promised to let his football do the talking as he responded to Pep Guardiola’s criticism that he needs more assertiveness] He has his own opinions and I stick by how I am. I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training. 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
[The Man City youngster received high marks for his performance] It will be nice if Pep watched the Turkey game but maybe he’s taken a little holiday to play golf or something! I wouldn’t blame him. It’s massively important to start with a win. It gives your team a boost; when you don’t get off to a good start sometimes it can affect you. It’s going to take a couple of games. We can already see the potential that the group has and we are only going in the right direction
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[Foden has said of his battle for recognition at the Etihad Stadium and the challenge he faces under a demanding boss] Guardiola has his own opinions and I stick by how I am. I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training. 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
2019 09 25 Retrieve
[Foden hails role model Sterling as he aims for more Man City minutes] Every time I watch him, I think ‘wow’ and he is a better player every time I see him. He has got a lot more to come and that is what is good about him, he is still young and improving and wanting to improve. He is a role model and he helps me out a lot and I am just really happy for him. In the game and in training and overall, he helps me with my game, giving me tips and what is what for a young lad coming through
[Guardiola has said that the Under-17 World Cup winner should be more assertive in his attempts to get more minutes] Any time I get game time is important, I just try and enjoy it. I played [against Preston] so that is the main thing. I am just looking forward. I am just trying to take my minutes any time they come and do my best
[Harwood-Bellis was making his debut for the club and Foden was impressed with the assured performance from the 17-year-old] It is good for the club. It is good to see Taylor Harwood-Bellis make his debut and I am happy for him. I thought he was outstanding, as was Eric Garcia. I think they handled it really well. You can tell there is a bit of a connection there from the youth team playing together and I think they handled it really well and helped each other out
2019 10 01 Retrieve
[Phil Foden, however, has insisted that he will remain patient as he looks to impress Guardiola and potentially earn his first call-up to England’s senior team] You have to show the manager what you can do each day in training, every young kid wants to play but you have to keep patient.
[Foden added that he was happy to score his first goal of the season in a game where he and Raheem Sterling came off the bench to make the difference] It needed a change of tempo and Raheem brought that well. It is all about enjoying your time on the pitch and I am happy to score and help the team. I thought they were putting dangerous balls in the box so to seal the win meant everything
2019 10 10 Retrieve
[Guardiola: Phil Foden is a magician and €500m wouldn’t tempt Man City into a sale] 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. 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. One thing is clear, Foden has a place in City’s first team. I’d be interested to see if a different manager would have given him his chance to develop, or loaned him out. I don’t like leaving him out of certain games but must think of the whole squad. Phil understands that
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Foden receives Guinness World Record for being youngest Premier League title winner] I’m over the moon with this. I didn’t really know until someone else told me! It’s nice to be recognised and cool to say I’ve got a world record
[The teenager named Bernardo Silva as the most exciting player he has played with] We play with confidence and are encouraged to express ourselves. It’s a style of play that suits me best too. We don’t stop working either and one of the biggest things is the fact we all trust each other and work for each other. We attack and defend as a team and the minute we lose the ball we hunt to win it back
My immediate target is to keep winning with City and play regularly. Beyond that who knows: having won the U17 World Cup it gave me that buzz and made me hungrier for more. To win it again with the first team would be the best. We’ve got a talented generation of players and there’s no reason we can’t make the most of it
2019 10 25b Retrieve
[How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar] I was right behind the goal and saw it go in the net – I’ll never forget it. I remember the whistle went and everyone legged it on to the pitch! Me and my mum decided to go on as well. I remember seeing Aguero getting swarmed and security guards around him trying to get him to the tunnel. It was just full of people; you couldn’t move. It was massive. I knew how big it was. I could tell by the reaction around me how big it was. I don’t think it will ever be done like that again; it was a special memory.
[Foden’s connection with the club already stretches back more than a decade] The first game I remember going to was one Bonfire night (November 5, 2007), when they said I could walk out with a player. I think Stephen Ireland scored on the night [against Sunderland], so that’s my first memory. I would have been about six
[Ten years later, he was training with the senior squad] It was crazy. Obviously, I was very nervous. I’d been going to games and watching these players and now I was training with them. It was an unbelievable experience the first time I went up. It didn’t take me too long to settle in because the lads made it comfortable for me. After my first game at the Etihad, I just felt more comfortable. You have all the nerves building up to it but then, you just play and do what you’ve always done
[Playing on the streets of Stockport helped to develop his touch, flair and a passion for the game] I just love my street football; that’s what made me who I am. I think I have to stop a little because it’s an injury-risk. I don’t think City would be too happy if I got injured playing street football, so I don’t do it anymore. I train more than enough so I don’t need to be doing stuff like that. I used to love it as a kid, though. I think in pre-season I do it a bit to keep my fitness up because I really enjoy it
[It has already been two years since Foden won the Under-17 World Cup as part of an England squad that also included Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster] Honestly, they were unbelievable. I don’t think there was a better age group than ours. You can tell by how many have gone onto the first team; most of that team. It just shows how special that group was. We all keep in touch, we’re all good friends and we all try to help each other out. When you see someone make their debut, you’re going to message them. We’re all still so young, so it’s hard to say for now [what we could achieve]. But I’d like to think that in the future, something great could happen
Sometimes I pop back over to the Academy and watch a bit of training and see how it’s going. There’s a lot of special talents over there. Hopefully, they can progress to the first team just like I did. Why not?
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Foden rules out Man City exit as he remains ‘excited’ by future with club & country] I want to play in the derby, in a Champions League Final in Istanbul – which I believe we can. I want to play for City in big games and I want to play for England. I am excited for the future so hopefully I will play regularly next year. I am so excited to see where that goes.
[Foden is considered to be the natural heir to David Silva at City] I remember thinking when I made the step up from the academy on the first day of training (with the first team) I was thinking ‘How am I going to handle this?’. But I fitted in quite quickly and training with such great players every day makes you better. It is not what these players ‘teach’ you, it is just watching them in training and playing against the likes of Silva. You have to (absorb) the things he’s done really well and make sure you take something from it every day. I am learning from him all the time. He amazes me all the time in training still. For instance, I’m amazed he is so strong for a little guy and defends really well
Sometimes I do get sick of people saying ‘he’s only young’ and sometimes [when I’m not picked] I show respect because this is my boyhood club and I understand where the manager is coming from. But I believe that I can play in big games
I would obviously like to be in the England squad sooner rather than later but I can understand Gareth [Southgate] saying I haven’t played enough minutes. But look, I am excited for the future. I just need to take the minutes I get, show it on the pitch and in training and impress the manager, and hopefully I can get there soon
2019 12 15 Retrieve
[Phil Foden feels lucky to be playing alongside Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City] It’s my first Premier League start today and I was happy to be on the pitch. I am happy with the assist. When you play with great players it makes your life easy. It’s a pleasure to play with Kevin De Bruyne, he is one of our biggest players. I feel lucky to learn off him. When you have a guy like this playing, anything can happen
[He was substituted 11 minutes into the second half against Arsenal and although he wanted to keep going, he admits he was feeling tired] I am disappointed to not play longer but I have not played two games in a row for a while so I think the manager saw my tired legs
[Foden believes Guardiola’s men must not give up on securing a third consecutive Premier League crown] We know we need to play well and get three points every game to be in with a chance
2019 12 20 Tweet
[Phil Foden wishes ‘excellent coach’ Arteta well at Arsenal] Thank you for all your help with everything and good luck
2020 01 17 Retrieve
[Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has paid tribute to Pep Guardiola, insisting he couldn’t ask for a better manager in football] You honestly can’t ask for a better manager in football. He’s so demanding, even me at such a young age, he wants a lot from me, that’s what I love. He always wants to push me further. He makes you a better player, the best you can be. I’m thankful for that. He is a great guy, very down to earth. You can have just a normal conversation with him. If he sees a weakness in someone’s game, he will correct it straight away. To be honest, I don’t know how he sees so many things, he changes things a little bit and it makes such a big difference. That’s why he is such a great coach. It’s a pleasure working with him every day. The little details make a big difference. So say we’ve got Crystal Palace, he will have watched so many games, all the defensive actions, all the attacking actions, so he can make it clear what we have to do in the game
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Foden welcomes challenge of Silva & De Bruyne for starting berth at Man City] With the players we have, it’s very challenging even getting into the matchday squad. There are a lot of great midfielders - David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne… it’s really hard to get into the team. You need to show the manager that he can count on you, that you keep training hard every day
David Silva has helped me massively, giving me advice. To me, watching him play on the pitch has been amazing. He’s a big legend of the club and for me one of the greatest City players ever
[on Guardiola] You honestly can’t ask for a better manager in football. Guardiola’s so demanding, even me at such a young age, he wants a lot from me, that’s what I love. He always wants to push me further. He makes you a better player, the best you can be. I’m thankful for that. He is a great guy, very down to earth. You can have just a normal conversation with him. If he sees a weakness in someone’s game, he will correct it straight away. To be honest, I don’t know how he sees so many things, he changes things a little bit and it makes such a big difference. That’s why he is such a great coach. It’s a pleasure working with him every day. The little details make a big difference
2020 01 27 Retrieve
[Phil Foden is looking to take as many creative lessons as possible from another Silva before an iconic Spaniard leaves his side] Every time I put the shirt on, I just enjoy it to the max. I thought we played well, but it killed the game a bit when they went down to 10 men. Fair play to Fulham. They kept going and played really well. I learn every day from David and he’s my idol. It’s just a pleasure to be able to play alongside him
2020 02 22 Retrieve
[Foden happy to have shunned loan move as he plans ‘long’ Man City stay] It’s not like I’ve not played any minutes at all. I’ve made 50 appearances now for City so the numbers speak for themselves. I want to stay as long as I can
Yeah, to be honest, he was saying great things in his interviews. For me to hear things like that it gives you a lot of confidence and makes you more hungry to play and wanting to work for him. I respect him a lot and he believes in me, which is a good thing
2020 03 02 Retrieve
[Phil Foden hoping to force his way into England squad for Euro 2020] I want to be there obviously but it’s very difficult with the players that we have [already]. But hopefully Gareth was watching and hopefully he saw things that he liked - that is all I can do, just show what I can do every time I play and see where it takes me. We haven’t spoken much but he has said in a few places that he is keeping a close eye on me
It was the best experience for me, playing in a cup final for Man City. It’s like a dream come true for me to play at Wembley as well, so overall it was really good. When you are growing up you dream about playing at Wembley for City on a big stage, and that’s a dream come true for me now
If the manager says something like that it gives you a lot of belief and courage to keep playing and doing well. With the manager behind you, he can only help you and make you better. He believes in me, and that gives me a lot of confidence on the pitch. He is always trying to help me each day, it’s just a pleasure for me to be a part of it. When I first went [to the first team] I found it quite difficult to keep up with the speed and the physicality and I was getting quite frustrated at times. But as a few months went on and I started getting the hang of it, that’s when I felt comfortable and I felt like I belonged there. Not many young players like myself could play in a team like this so it just shows the belief of the manager and the players, that they have in me which is really nice. Also, it makes you play better on the pitch
2020 04 18 Retrieve
[Phil Foden expects David Silva to put his leadership skills to good use in the dugout] Everyone looks up to him, even the younger ones. He is a captain now, and a leader, and does it really well. I don’t want to speak about him leaving – he’s not gone yet! He sees everything like a manager now, so if I’m playing and he’s not he will see something, and it’s the same in training, if he sees something that needs improving
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Phil Foden has admitted he was happy to see his training efforts had not been in vain after he played a starring role in Manchester City’s 5-0 rout of Burnley] It is always good to play a part. I am enjoying my football. The main thing is getting the result and how the time are playing. We are sharp. It is down to the whole team wanting to work hard. No matter who the manager puts it they do a job. We have a set-piece coach and have been working hard on short corners and defending as well so it is good when it comes off
We worked on the set-piece to draw players out as well so I already knew where to play the pass. I am just glad it came off. I’d like to think that was my best game in a City shirt. I am still learning every day but I am happy to put performances in like that
[Foden is widely seen by many as the natural successor to Silva, but the player himself refused to be drawn on the matter] How he plays today, he is unbelievable. I don’t want to think about it. I am just enjoying playing with him. He is a legend of the game
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Phil Foden exclusive interview: Manchester City star on David Silva, improvement, position and fishing] You could probably see the smile on my face when I was celebrating. That is what I live for. These are the final moments of his career here so just to be on the same pitch as him right now is special for me. He has been a great player for the club and it is going to be sad to see him go. I am trying not to think about it too much and just enjoy my time playing with him.
To be honest, I thought it was a bit cheeky of them to say that. I really thought David was going to have a go at them for that because it is a big statement. He has been my idol growing up. I have tried to learn from him as much as I can and take it into my game. It is not like I am trying to copy everything that he does but if I take his strong points - how he moves into spaces and receives the ball - it can only help me as a player. I think he has brought my game on massively.
I am feeling really confident in front of goal. Every chance I get I feel like I am going to score. I just enjoy scoring goals and that is what I always want to do in training. I was in okay form before we broke up, if I am honest, but I have come back flying. Through quarantine I tried to work on some things like one-on-ones and come back stronger. I think I have had good start to the restart and I just want to keep the form going. Everyone is getting game time so I am really enjoying it at the moment.
[Pep Guardiola utilising him as part of the front three rather than in midfield] He has told me that he likes me in and around the box.
[The 4-0 victory over Liverpool was even more intriguing] I played in three different positions in that game. I even went up front in the end. I enjoy playing anywhere. It is good if you can play in as many positions as possible. I can play in midfield as well as out wide. I want to play in these different positions. I want to be flexible. The defensive side of the game, pressing from the front and things. I think I have come on a lot more in the last year with that.
I have become more physical up top and that is definitely helping my game. You obviously don’t have to be physical to be a footballer but it is good when you have that little bit of physicality and you can use it well. I don’t want to be too big but I just want to be big enough to give me that yard of space. It is something that I have been working on and it has come on a lot. It can still get better. I am still very young and have a lot of things to learn
[Patience has been justified. His commitment vindicated] I have worked very hard for the starts and they do not come easy with the manager. He rewards you for training hard and working hard. If everyone sees me starting I know it is because I have earned that. It has not come easy
[How did he maintain his focus?] First of all, it is just a love for Man City. Just having the patience. Wanting to be a massive player for this club. The determination I have inside me to train my best. Behind closed doors, that is what I do every day.