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Phil Foden keen to stay at Man City despite Brahim Diaz and Jadon Sancho departures

Phil Foden

Phil Foden is determined to establish himself at Manchester City after seeing Brahim Diaz and Jadon Sancho leave the club.

The 18-year-old academy graduate has made 16 appearances this season but is largely having to wait patiently for first-team openings in Pep Guardiola's side.

On Monday Diaz followed the example of Sancho to become the latest highly-rated young player to leave City in search of opportunities elsewhere, joining Real Madrid in a deal potentially worth £22m.

Brahim Diaz poses with Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez
Image: Brahim Diaz poses with Real Madrid club president Florentino Perez

After Foden scored in Sunday's 7-0 FA Cup third-round win over Rotherham, Guardiola said it is "impossible" he could leave on loan in January and the midfielder, who signed a new six-year contract last month, also has no interest in taking the path of Diaz and Sancho.

"It's up to them really," Foden said. "They have gone their separate ways and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them.

Jadon Sancho scored the winner for Borussia Dortmund against rivals Schalke
Image: Jadon Sancho has impressed since joining Borussia Dortmund

"Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It's up to them, really. It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are. It is difficult to get in, but we all try our best.

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"I just need to keep pushing, do my best in the games and take opportunities when they come.

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"We've got the best set of players and the best staff so I'm in the right position. I'm learning off them every day, so I couldn't be in a better place. It's brilliant to play alongside players like Kevin De Bruyne. You just learn from the best."

Manchester City's English midfielder Phil Foden celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup third round football match between Manchester City and Rotherham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 6, 2019.
Image: Phil Foden celebrates his goal against Rotherham

Diaz, 19, joined City at the age of 14 and was good friends with Foden.

"I'm sad to see him go but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him," said Foden.

"He will do well, I know it. I grew up with him and know his qualities. Maybe one day I'll face him in the Champions League."

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