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Man City ready to give new deal to top prospect

Premier League leaders Manchester City are ready to give young star Phil Foden a new, long-term contract once the midfielder turns 18 in May.

There have been no official talks so far, but with the heavy investment into the youth academy at the club, Man City will be eager to secure the long-term future of their local prospect. It seems as though the deal would go through until 2023, making it a five-year contract.

So far this season, 17-year-old Foden has made six appearances, including appearances in the Champions League. The English youngster’s competitive debut on the 21st of November 2017, playing fifteen minutes against Feyenoord in a UEFA Champions League group stage match. He then became the fourth youngest English footballer to start in a Champions League match when he was named in the starting eleven against Shakhtar Donetsk, which City lost 2-1. His Premier League debut came in a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, where he was subbed on for Ilkay Gundogan.

In July, Foden was also included in City’s pre-season tour of the United States. The teenager, born in Stockport, was a late substitute in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal.

The midfielder, who is a boyhood Man City fan, was named the player of the tournament in last years Under 17 World Cup, in which England were crowned champions. He scored twice against Spain in the final. Foden also won BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year in December 2017.

Featured Image Credit: Cléria De Souza

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