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‘He Has His Own Opinions’ - Foden Claps Back At Pep’s Criticism
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‘He Has His Own Opinions’ - Foden Claps Back At Pep’s Criticism

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Manchester City youngster, Phil Giden, has hit back at manager, Pep Guardiola, after the Spaniard criticized him for showing too much respect.

Guardiola had recently declared Foden “a shy guy”, who was showing too much respect to him as a manager even after years of working together.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss says he wants the England U-21 international to be more assertive and to start acting more like an established member of City's first-team setup.

“He is a shy guy,” Guardiola said. “I would like him to talk more to me, but all the time I go to him and speak to him, so he still looks at me like a little bit [too much] with respect like a manager.

“And, after two or three seasons, it’s not necessary. But it’s normal, he is 19. Now he goes to play for the Under-21s and he is going to play and he is nice. He is OK, everything is in the right position."

But Foden is, however, not ready to change ready to change his personality, and only wants his football in training will prove he is ready for increased game time.

“He has his own opinions and I stick by how I am," the 19-year-old told reporters. “I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training.

“There is a bit of team-mates telling me to be patient but obviously I’m hungry and want to play now. I’m going to fight for it every day. I’m ready to play whenever.”

The Manchester City academy graduate played the full minutes to help England Under-21s fight back to defeat Turkey 3-2 in the opening match of the Euro U-21 qualifying, and he received high remarks for his effort in the game.

“It will be nice if Pep watched the Turkey game but maybe he’s taken a little holiday to play golf or something! I wouldn’t blame him," Foden added.

“It’s massively important to start with a win. It gives your team a boost; when you don’t get off to a good start sometimes it can affect you.

“It’s going to take a couple of games. We can already see the potential that the group has and we are only going in the right direction.”