Pep Guardiola has responded to a recent comment on Twitter by Gary Neville where the former Manchester United defender claimed Phil Foden was at the “wrong Manchester club” for his development.
He's at the wrong Manchester club for getting a sustained opportunity. City have a lot of great kids. They should be playing… https://t.co/KgN9xUHclY
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 23, 2017
The City manager has defended the club, saying the youth project is a work in progress, and pointed to his own track record of bringing through youngsters while at Barcelona.
Guardiola also had more positive words to say about 17-year-old Foden, who impressed Pep and everyone else in the pre-season friendly against United last week.
“Which is the right club? It’s a question to Gary Neville,” Pep is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“My history is there. I’m not going to put young players in the squad because they are young. They will be in the squad because they have quality. I don’t have problems with that.
“The club is working well in terms of the academy. There are many players with good prospects for the future.
“We will be patient with those guys. They are going to train with us most, or part of, the season.
“Phil Foden is going to play in the next games. He has quality to play in that team.
“I’m so happy to have him. He’s a Mancunian, a City fan, a humble guy. He’s a fighter. He looks skinny but he’s a strong guy.”
Foden is expected to play a part against Real Madrid in tonight’s friendly, which kicks off at 4am UK time.