Guardiola reveals the one Man City star not for sale

Ross Houston
October 11, 2019

They will of course know that they let a seven-point lead slip last season and it's still not even a quarter through the season.

Guardiola previous year issued a strong rebuttal to suggestions from ex-Manchester United captain Gary Neville that City deliberately commit fouls to break up play.

He is not involved with the current Brazil squad so can enjoy a rest until City's return to action in the Premier League against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday week.

"Especially as later they will start thinking about the Champions League and lose their focus on the Premier League which obviously would be good for Liverpool".

City insiders, however, have revealed the club are planning to sit down with the 34-year-old after the busy festive period of fixtures and are confident they can agree on a deal which now suits all parties.

"Phil's going nowhere. Phil is City".

"He is the only player that can't be sold under any circumstances - the only one". Not even for €500m.

"Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position".

"We didn't give Foden a new contract by accident", Guardiola says in an extract from Pep's City: The Making of a Superteam, as quoted by The Sun. He's grown up with us. I see him really close to his players.

He arrived at City in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk and the popular South American has collected three Premier League titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup during that glittering period.

Foden, however, will have to make do with a spot in Aidy Boothroyd's under-21 side for England's friendly against Slovenia and their U21 European Championship qualifier against Austria.

"It's a little bit harder to get in the side at those bigger clubs, but when you're in, as the Chelsea boys are now, there's a great opportunity to play important matches, [gain] big-match experience", Southgate said of Foden's situation.

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