Manchester City attacker Phil Foden was twice approached for a loan move by Serie A side Parma in 2019, only for the advances to be rejected by Pep Guardiola, according to Grand Hotel Calciomercato and the Mail Online.
The Englishman, who was yet to make his full breakthrough as a regular Premier League starter at the time for Manchester, was considered a priority target by Parma manager Roberto D’Aversa.
The Italian even went so far as to personally phone Pep Guardiola to negotiate over the 20-year-old, but the Manchester City boss wasn’t prepared to let his starlet go even on loan - considering Phil Foden as a perfect replacement for David Silva, who at the time was approaching his final season at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola reportedly said to D’Aversa of Foden, “He is a young player, but he is very strong. David Silva will leave, and he'll be a starter this season.”
Phil Foden made triple the amount of starts in the 2019/20 Premier League as he had in 2018/19, cementing himself as a regular starter after lockdown.
The Manchester City academy graduate has increased his game time even more this season, finding himself the club’s fourth top scorer in all competitions and making almost 40 appearances.
It’s fair to say that all talk of loan moves to relegation-fighting Serie A clubs has now dissipated...
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