Premier League champions Manchester City have rejected two approaches for their young midfielder Phil Foden.
According to the Sunday Mirror, City quickly swatted away interest from both Rangers and Roma as they both expressed an interest in taking the 19-year-old on loan before the end of the European transfer window tomorrow.
Foden has not been used much by Pep Guardiola this season, with the Spanish manager admitting he would like to see Foden come and speak to him a bit more about getting minutes on the pitch.
The youngster was one of the standout performers in the summer for the England under-21s, scoring in the opening defeat to France, and he will now go away with that squad again for the next two weeks as he looks to get some football under his belt.
Last season saw Foden make 13 Premier League appearances and get on the scoresheet just the once, and with a returning Kevin De Bruyne now back in the team this season, Foden may well see his chances of regular game time further denied under Guardiola.
However, that doesn’t seem to mean City are willing to let Foden go, with Guardiola refusing to allow Foden to leave on loan if reports are to be believed.
Foden is highly thought of at City, with fellow midfielder Bernardo Silva saying previously that he believes Foden can go on to become one of the best midfield players in the world.
There was not a chance City were going to let Foden go, not at all.
He might not be getting much of a look in now, but he’s someone clearly rated very highly by Guardiola.
“I said many times in press conferences, but maybe not in front of him – he [Foden] is the most talented player I have ever seen as a football player or manage,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by Goal back in July.
For someone who has coached the football phenomenon that is Lionel Messi, that is quite some praise. Considering that, it’s no surprise that Manchester City are unwilling to part ways with the youngster even temporarily.
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