Phil Foden signs new six-year contract
Phil Foden, 21, has agreed on a new six-year contract that will keep him at Man City until 2027.
What did Phil Foden say?
Phil Foden has three years left for his current deal, but Phil has been rewarded with a significant new contract to reflect his critical player status under the Guardiola and for the future club. Man City is expected to announce a deal in the coming days with Phil back at the Etihad Campus after appearing in two England World Cup qualifiers during the international break.
Born in Stockport, Phil was a lifelong Man City fan, joining the club at the age of six and suggested he couldn’t imagine joining another club. Phil Foden said earlier this year that he can only see himself playing for Man City, given how much he has supported them from a young age. It always helps when someone plays for a club they support.
A little about the topic
Pep has made no secret of his admiration for Foden since his first start in a pre-season friendly in Houston against Man Utd in 2017. But Phil had to be patient about his options with the Man City boss, believing that he would gain more experience from being around the first team and learning from Silva and De Bruyne rather than going out on loan.
He has currently played 130 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 33 goals, and has already won three Premier League winning medals, as well as a start in the Champions League final. Phil’s growing influence was further highlighted last week when he was shortlisted for the men’s 30-man Ballon d’Or alongside Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Dias.
His early start to the season was thwarted by a foot injury he contracted while helping England reach the final of Euro 2020 in the summer. But he should be a key part of Pep’s plans this season with his flexibility, which means he can play as a left winger, No.10, or as a false nine, as he did in his impressive away win at Chelsea in September.
Phil will be the last member of the first team to sign a new deal, following Ruben, Stones, Ederson, Fernandinho and Kevin this year alongside highly acclaimed youngsters Delap and Palmer. Gabriel Jesus, Gundogan, Mahrez and Sterling enter the last two years of their contracts with solutions that go beyond their future.