Man City plot contract talks with ‘untouchable’ ace

Man City are planning to open contract talks with star player Phil Foden, according to one trusted journalist.

Foden is a lifelong Man City fan who has fulfilled his dream of playing for the Manchester club.

He has featured 127 times for the first team, scoring 32 goals, since graduating from their academy in July 2017.

Foden’s importance to Pep Guardiola continues to grow each campaign. He made 50 appearances in all competitions last term as Man City won the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.

The 21-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2024 and is worth around £30,000 a week.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano now claims that City are hoping to hand him a lucrative new contract.

He said on the Here We Go podcast: “He has a long-term contract, but Manchester City, they want to plan for a new contract for Phil Foden.

“They consider him an untouchable player. Pep Guardiola loves Phil Foden and they’re going to talk to Foden in the coming weeks and months about a new contract. It’s not agreed or advanced yet, but they’re planning to talk about it with Phil Foden.”

The left winger, who can also operate as a central attacking midfielder, started in Tuesday’s 6-1 thrashing of Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.

He was joined by Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne on the scoresheet as the holders reached the fourth round.

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After the win, Guardiola said of Foden and De Bruyne: “Of course, definitely (impressed).

“Phil was injured for two months after the national team. Phil doesn’t need many games to get his rhythm because he lives for football 24 hours a day. He is sharp.

“Kevin needs time for a proper pre-season. He was injured in the Champions League final and for the national team.

“He needs his rhythm to be fit. That’s why it was so good for him to play 90 minutes today.

“Knowing he is not in the right condition. Now is the moment for Kevin to start to be ready.

“He has not been running back like he runs forward. Today he did it for the first time. He will be back because he is an incredible player.”

Both Foden and De Bruyne are expected to feature in City’s next game. They face title rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

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