Pep Guardiola identifies the player to replace David Silva
Pep Guardiola identifies the player to replace David Silva
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Pep Guardiola identifies the player to replace David Silva

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tipped Phil Foden to replace midfielder David Silva when the Spaniard departs the club at the end of the campaign.

The England midfielder who was a subject to a move out the club at the start of this campaign has only played just 10 minutes of Premier League football this season, but Guardiola says it would take an offer in excess of €500m to tempt City into letting him leave.

In the book ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’, which is currently being serialized by The Sun, Guardiola is reported as saying: “We didn’t give Foden a new contract by accident.

Going Nowhere

“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 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.

Guardiola will be keen to prevent another talented lad to slip through his grasp after letting the likes of Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz leave for other clubs.

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