That's quite the bold statement, Pep.

By 90Min
July 26, 2019

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on young English midfielder Phil Foden, calling him the 'most talented player' he's ever seen. 

Foden, an academy graduate with the Citizens, has just joined up with his teammates in preseason, following his efforts for England at the Under-21 European Championship. 

And, upon the Englishman's arrival with the squad, Guardiola heaped praise upon the 19-year-old, calling him the 'most talented player' he's ever seen.

The Spaniard exclaimed: "He (Foden) is the most talented player I have ever seen."

The former Bayern and Barcelona boss, who has coached a who's who of generational stars at both clubs, then added: "His problem is sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in starting XI. He deserves all the minutes but with his competitors it isn't easy. He works incredibly. He knows I’m here to help him."

A day earlier, the player himself had spoken on how lucky he felt to playing in such a talented squad. As quoted by BBC Sport, Foden declared: "I am lucky to be part of it. It is a special team. The success comes from the depth of the squad.

"Anyone who plays will put a shift in and play well."

Turning his attention away from the 'talented' Foden, Guardiola was then asked about any potential incoming transfers towards the end of the window. 

Coyly, he replied: "No, not many. I like the faces that we have. Maybe but transfer market is so difficult and the team is good enough. Maybe zero, maybe one, maybe one and a half."

City are preparing for their final preseason clash against Yokohama FM on Saturday.

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