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Man City rejected loan bids from Celtic and Premier League clubs for midfield starlet – report

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Manchester City turned away heavy interest for one of the club’s best prospects, Phil Foden, during the summer transfer window according to an exclusive report by TEAMtalk.

Scottish champions Celtic made a late attempt to loan 17-year-old Foden on deadline day, even sweetening the offer by proposing a £1.5million loan fee, but after considering it, City said no, with Pep Guardiola wanting to keep the midfielder in his first-team squad.

Foden, who was also subject to interest from most Championship clubs and several Premier League sides according to TEAMtalk, is one of City’s most talented prospects in years, and being a local boy, that just increases the excitement surrounding him.

Celtic already signed Patrick Roberts on loan from City in the summer, and made a late attempt to take Jason Denayer back to Glasgow for a second spell, but the Belgian international had given his word to Turkish giants Galatasaray and moved there.

Foden has made the substitutes bench three times already this season, being named ahead of Yaya Touré on Saturday against Liverpool, but has yet to feature. However, it seems only a matter of time before he gets some minutes, with Guardiola a huge fan of the teenager.

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