Phil Foden is not enjoying the impending departure of David Silva from Manchester City, joking the club should try to give a new contract to the veteran playmaker.
“They should extend his contract, to be honest! How he plays today, he’s unbelievable to play with,” Foden told.
At the end of this season, Spain’s great will leave the Etihad Stadium, bringing down the curtain on a trophy-laden decade that has seen him become one of the finest players in the history of City.
Silva is likely to create more first-team opportunities for Foden as he leaves the stage, although Foden is disappointed to see a man he has often cited as an inspiration on the way out:
“I don’t want to think about [Silva leaving] too much.
“I’m just enjoying playing with him. He’s a great guy and a legend of the club.”
Incidentally, in a 5-0 demolition of Burnley on Monday, England Under-21-star Foden scored twice, just as Riyad Mahrez. Moreover, Silva also scored once on the act.
Foden was hailed as the man of the match in Burnley’s 5-0 demolition of Manchester City but was eager to share the credit with David Silva.
In last season’s knife-edge title run-in, Foden scored the only goal as City won a 1-0 win over Tottenham, while he was appointed man of the match in March’s final EFL Cup victory over Aston Villa.
Nevertheless, in undermining Burnley, the 20-year-old felt he had hit a new professional peak:
“I think that was my best game in City shirt, to be honest. I’m still learning every day, I’m still young. I’ve got a long way to go. I’m really happy when I put performances like that in.”
Curiously, Foden’s finest moment of the match came in between his two goals. He delivered a beautiful reverse pass from a short corner routine that enabled Bernardo Silva to set up number four namesake David.
“We have a set-piece coach. We’ve been working really hard on short corners and defending as well,” he said. “I knew where I was going to play the pass, it’s just about just disguising it to give the player more time. I’m glad it came off.”