Phil Foden close to signing new six-year Man City deal

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 Manchester City's Phil Foden ahead of the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday September 18, 202 - PA
Manchester City's Phil Foden ahead of the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday September 18, 202 - PA

Phil Foden is on the verge of signing a new six-year contract with Manchester City.

The England midfielder has three years left to run on his existing deal but the new contract will tie him to City until June 2027 and is expected to make him one of the highest paid young players in the world.

Stockport-born Foden, 21, has emerged as one of the most outstanding young talents in the game and won his 11th cap in England’s 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Foden missed the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy after suffering a foot injury in the days before the game that also forced him to miss the start of the new Premier League season.

He scored and was City’s outstanding performer in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday and delivered another impressive showing in England’s 5-0 victory over Andorra last week.

Foden signed a six-year contract in December 2018 but City were eager to reflect his status as one of Pep Guardiola’s key players with a new deal that secures his long-term future.

The contract was agreed before the international break and is likely to be announced over the next week or so.

Foden has already won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cups with City and was on the losing side in last season’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

Foden latest in line of City stars to commit their futures

He is the latest in a host of players to commit their long-term futures to City over the past year.

Last month, goalkeeper Ederson signed a new five-year contract to tie him to the Etihad Stadium until June 2026. John Stones signed a five-year contract over the summer to also commit himself to 2026 and his fellow defensive partner Ruben Dias signed an extension tying him to City until 2027. In April, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne signed a two-year extension to 2025.

One player whose future remains uncertain, though, is Raheem Sterling. The England forward - who will have a year left on his existing deal next summer - has lost his regular starting place and wants to see how the situation develops over the coming months before deciding his next step.

Sterling, 26, turned down several opportunities to discuss a new contract at the start of the year given that he was parting company with his long-standing agent, Aidy Ward, at the time but since March he has found himself in and out of the City team.

Analysis: Harry Kane's six-year deal was naive but Phil Foden's contract works for all parties

Manchester City have made a successful habit of securing the long-term futures of key players way before their existing contracts are due to expire and there are few players the Premier League champions will be happier to see put pen to paper again than Phil Foden.

From as young as 10 or 11, Foden was earmarked as a potential star in the making and over the past couple of seasons especially he has singled himself out as a generational talent perhaps rivalled only by Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Pedri.

Harry Kane was naive to sign a six-year contract with Tottenham in 2018, a month before his 25th birthday, with that decision coming back to haunt him this summer. Spurs refused to sell the England captain to City and it left the striker at a risk of spending his best days at a club where he is never going to compete consistently for the game’s biggest trophies.

By contrast, his England team-mate Foden is not only at his boyhood club but one routinely challenging for leading honours, a charge he is expected to spearhead over the coming years as the jewel in Pep Guardiola’s crown.

Even if he does decide to one day pursue a new challenge elsewhere - even though some would not bet against him remaining a one club man - he will have just turned 27 by the time his impending new contract expires and still, in all likelihood, have his best years ahead of him barring injuries or misfortune.

In reality, City will doubtless have looked to negotiate new terms long before then, by which time it will be intriguing to see just how far Foden has come.

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