Phil Foden has told the Daily Mail that he is ready to play for Manchester City now amid suggestions from his teammates to be patient.
Foden, 19, has come up through the City ranks, and is being touted for stardom for both club and country – but getting playing time is an issue.
The midfielder is having to challenge the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva for a role in Pep Guardiola's trophy-chasing side, which isn't exactly easy for a teenager.
Foden did though impress towards the back end of last season, and some felt that this would be the year for the teenager to finally nail down a spot in the team, especially with David Silva leaving at the end of the season.
However, Foden has only played 10 minutes of Premier League action this season, and that resulted in speculation about a potential move elsewhere.
The Sunday Mirror (01/09, p73) claimed that Rangers had made a loan bid for Foden, in a move which would have made some sense; Foden would have been able to play under one of the most well-known midfielders of all time in Steven Gerrard, which would have surely aided his development, with Rangers director of football Mark Allen knowing him from Manchester City too.
Rangers boss Gerrard would later deny the rumours when speaking to Goal, believing Guardiola wouldn't let him go out on loan, so there would be no point launching such a move.
Now, Foden has admitted he will stick to the way he is amid suggestions from Guardiola that he needs to be demanding playing time, but did note that he wants to be playing despite teammates telling him to be patient – and it may well be worth Rangers having a go in January as a result.
“He has his own opinions and I stick by how I am,” said Foden. “I just know that I’m ready to play. I feel like I am. I try to show him every day in training. There is a bit of team-mates telling me to be patient but obviously I’m hungry and want to play now. I’m going to fight for it every day. I’m ready to play whenever,” he added.
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