Former Manchester City player Joey Barton says Phil Foden has all the attributes to ‘take over’ from David Silva. 

The little magician revealed he will leave the Premier League champions at the end of next season ending his 10-year stay with the club. The 19-year-old made 25 appearances for City last season as the club won a domestic treble. Barton believes head coach Pep Guardiola is providing the youngster with the perfect platform to grow. 

"He is somebody who for a long time been tipped for stardom. The way Pep and the team have handled him is exceptional. They have exposed him at the right time,” said Barton. 

"With an icon of the club in Kompany leaving, another to leave at the end of the season in David Silva - you would say City don't have a ready-made understudy for Vincent Kompany. [But] In Phil Foden it does look like there is a young heir to the throne. He has got a lot of work to do to get to David Silva's level. For me [Silva] has been the best player in the Premier League for a long period of time,” added the Fleetwood head coach. 

Silva has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with the Citizens. 

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