Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Phil Foden as “exceptional” and said the club would like him to stay for years with the England international reportedly close to signing a new contract at the Premier League champions
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The 22-year-old has established himself as a key player in midfield over the past two seasons. On Sunday, he scored his first hat-trick for City in a 6-3 rout of neighboring rivals Manchester United.
City can move a step closer to qualifying for the Champions League last 16 with a win over Denmark’s FC Copenhagen on Wednesday following victories in their opening two Group G games.
Guardiola will not take his opponents lightly despite Copenhagen, the Danish champions, languishing in sixth place in the league, a difficult start that forced them to replace manager Jess Thorup with Jacob Neestrup last month.
City top the group with six points while Copenhagen are third with one from two games.
Midfielder Rodri, who missed Sunday’s game due to injury, could be in contention but right back Kyle Walker will not be involved after the Englishman was forced off in the first half against United.