Phil Foden has no interest in following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz, and is determined to make a name for himself at boyhood club Manchester City.
Foden, Sancho and Diaz were regarded as City’s three best prospects of their generation, but the club has seen Jadon Sancho leave for Borussia Dortmund and Brahim Diaz head to the bright lights of Real Madrid.
There had been some worries that Foden could follow suit, but those fears were put to rest when he extended his contract until 2024 in December.
The 18-year-old was asked about Sancho and Brahim, and the possibility that he could choose the same pathway. His answer was clear.
“It’s up to them really,” Foden said. “They have gone their separate ways and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them.
“Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really. It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are. It is difficult to get in, but we all try our best.
“I just need to keep pushing, do my best in the games and take opportunities when they come.
“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff so I’m in the right position. I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place. It’s brilliant to play alongside players like Kevin De Bruyne. You just learn from the best.”
Foden is sad to see his friend Brahim leave the club, but wishes him the best in Madrid, where the Spanish winger is expected to be given first-team opportunities in the second half of the season.
“I’m sad to see him go but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him.
“He will do well, I know it. I grew up with him and know his qualities. Maybe one day I’ll face him in the Champions League.”