Phil Foden snubbed interest from abroad before signing a new deal with Manchester City and should start against Hoffenheim this week. The Stockport-born teenager was the subject of interest from Germany as his previous contract had just 18 months to run.
But he finally put pen to paper on the new deal, reportedly worth £30,000 a week, on Monday afternoon.
The 18-year-old should go straight into Pep Guardiola’s line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League home game against Hoffenheim. Foden made his City debut in last season’s Champions League victory over Feyenoord and has since featured a further 22 times in all competitions.
But pressure has been mounting on Guardiola from some fans who want to see him involved on a more regular basis.
The City boss said earlier this year that he was keen for Foden to remain at the club for the foreseeable future. “My dream is for him to stay 10 years and if Phil stays for 10 years, he can – in the next decade – play regularly and after [that] I don’t know what is going to happen with him,” he said.
Foden scored his first goal for the club in the 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Oxford United in September.