Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted teenage midfielder Phil Foden has proved he is “mature” enough for the Premier League.
Foden has had an impressive pre-season for the Blues, and helped City to beat Chelsea 2-0 in Sunday’s Community Shield.
With key midfielders such as Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva missing from the squad, Foden was drafted into the starting XI and seized his opportunity.
The 18-year-old set up Sergio Aguero’s 200th goal for the club and looked lively throughout the game, he certainly made a good impression to fans and pundits, but more importantly Guardiola was left in awe as City claimed the trophy.
“He was ready last season. Now he is one year on, he is more mature,” Guardiola said.
“He was training last season with us and he fought well with all of our players.
“It is so good to have another player with his talent. He’s a City fan and Mancunian and it is so good for us.”
Guardiola also hailed the work of Sergio Aguero, who became the first player to score 200 goals for Manchester City.
“Sergio is a special guy,” said the Spaniard. “Now, his knee is perfect, he arrived in a very good condition, a good mood and most important is he scores goals and creates chances.”
[Quotes via BBC Sport]