Phil Foden believes 'fearless' Jack Grealish will be a key player as Man City look to defend the Premier League

Phil Foden discusses Jack Grealish's arrival at Manchester City in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News; Foden also opens up about his foot injury, which will see him miss the start of the new season, and the devastation of missing out on the Euro 2020 final with England

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Phil Foden believes the arrival of England team-mate Jack Grealish at Manchester City will help the team as they look to defend the Premier League

Phil Foden believes Jack Grealish's "fearless" approach will help Manchester City in their bid to retain the Premier League title, adding he hopes his own time on the sidelines will fly by so that he can link-up with his new team-mate soon.

A foot injury means Foden will miss the start of the Premier League season, with City beginning their title defence at Tottenham on Sunday - live on Sky Sports.

Grealish will be in line to start after his £100m move from Aston Villa, and after becoming close friends in the England set-up, Foden is eager to recover from an injury that is likely to rule him out until September.

Live Renault Super Sunday

"We are close, when I first went to England we just got on really well on and off the pitch. I'm really happy he's signed here," Foden told Sky Sports News at a 'Premier League Kicks' event, a programme which works in local communities to inspire thousands of young people.

"He's fearless on the ball. He can just change a game on his own, so I believe that he's a really special player and he's going to be key for us.

"Hopefully I can get back playing with him and enjoy my football. It's still a little bit sore [the foot]. It was such a shame to do it before the Euro final, but I'm working hard in the gym. Hopefully it flies by and I can get back on the pitch."

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Grealish says the British transfer record fee of £100m to bring him to Manchester City gives him further confidence and believes he can play many different positions for the team

On the competition for places, Foden added: "The manager likes to rotate, and there's a lot of games to be played. I'm sure there won't be one XI for the full year. Everyone's going to play a part. Everyone is happy about that, they're ready to play and the manager makes us feel loved."

Also See:

Foden acknowledges City will be the team to beat this season as reigning champions, but he is confident they can retain the title despite a number of clubs strengthening this summer.

"Once you've won it it's really hard to retain it, going into this season we're going to be the team to beat," Foden said. "We will have to live up to that with the players we've got. I'm confident and can't wait to go."

Asked if Chelsea or Liverpool are City's main rivals, he added: "I don't really know, there's so many great teams, that's the fun of the Premier League. I couldn't give you one opponent, everyone has strengthened, it's going to be a really challenging season."

Foden: I burst into tears over missing Euro final

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Foden says his foot is still 'sore' and expects to be out for three to four weeks more after detailing the devastation of missing England's match against Italy in the Euro 2020 final

Foden also opened up about the disappointment of missing England's Euro 2020 final against Italy, and despite the defeat on penalties he believes it will strengthen their belief going into next year's World Cup.

"I remember speaking to the manager when I got injured and just burst out crying - the devastation that I was injured," Foden said.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Liam Delap says he's excited about the new season and hopes to feature in the Manchester City first team as regularly as possible under Pep Guardiola

"But I was just praying on the day that the team won, it's just unfortunate that we didn't. We have to be proud of ourselves, what we did, we created history getting to a final and the next time we go into a major tournament it can only help us.

"[After the final] it was so good to see how together everyone was in the changing room. It was a special moment to share with the team. Come the World Cup, those experiences at Wembley can only help us."

Fantasy Football is LIVE!

Fantasy Football is LIVE!

Sky Sports Fantasy Football is back for the 2021/22 season. Create a team for free, and you could win £50,000.

Fantasy Football is LIVE!

Fantasy Football is LIVE!

Sky Sports Fantasy Football is back for the 2021/22 season. Create a team for free, and you could win £50,000.

Around Sky