Pep Guardiola has warned potential suitors that not even €500m will tempt Manchester City into selling the “magician” Phil Foden.
Foden is a homegrown talent, who graduated from City’s youth academy and became a first-team member. Since debuting in November 2017, Guardiola’s handed him 40 appearances in all competitions.
The Citizens boss stunned everybody in the summer by rating Foden as the “most talented player” he’s ever seen above even his old Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
As highly-rated as he may be, however, the 19-year-old continues to struggle for regular opportunities at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola has instead favoured experience players like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Rodrigo in his midfield. Therefore, it’s prompted doubts over Foden’s future after making just four appearances this season.
“We didn’t give Foden a new contract by accident,” Guardiola told journalists Lu Martín and Pol Ballu in their new book: ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’.
“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.”
Despite his obvious frustration, Foden himself has stated he remains happy at City despite his lack of game time.
Guardiola added: “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.”