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Update on Phil Foden’s future at Man City amid playing time frustration


Manchester City starlet Phil Foden is not considering leaving the club, despite his growing concern over his lack of minutes under Pep Guardiola.

Now 20, Foden has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, but has started just five Premier League games, including four in City’s first four games of the campaign.

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Most of Foden’s minutes came in cup competitions | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

It recently emerged that Foden was not happy with his limited role at the Etihad Stadium this year, and Spain’s giants Real Madrid are reportedly keen to lure the Englishman next summer with the promise of more football.

However, The Telegraph states that Foden remains fully committed to City and, although he is frustrated with his lack of minutes, he is working to prove to Guardiola that he deserves more playing time.

Foden has an incredibly positive relationship with Guardiola, who has always trusted the midfielder by playing big games in him from a young age, and he recognizes that he still needs to improve to find his way into a midfield. field which also contains players like Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan.

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Guardiola supports Foden | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Foden also acknowledges that Guardiola has tried to give him minutes this season by deploying him as a wide striker, although the 20-year-old prefers to see the minutes as a central attacking midfielder and still hopes to land that spot in the city team. .

There is no desire to leave the club yet, and given that he remains under contract until 2024, City are under no immediate pressure either, and both sides are determined to work together to find a positive outcome. .

The idea of ​​a move to Real next summer always seemed a little weird anyway. Los Blancos don’t have a lot of money to spend on someone who isn’t called Kylian Mbappe, and it’s not like Foden is ever going to be cheap.

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Foden focuses on improvement | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

That said, this is one of those that will be worth watching. Foden will undoubtedly have seen many of his young English teammates break through in the senior game, with the development of former City teammate Jadon Sancho an obvious comparison, so it’s not hard to see why Foden may be more and more more frustrated.

If nothing changes, Foden may find himself closing in on the Etihad exit door, but for now it looks like the 20-year-old is fully focused on getting back to the starting lineup.

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