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Pep Guardiola Calls Phil Foden 'The Most Talented Player He's Ever Seen' Ahead Of Messi And Xavi

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Pep Guardiola has always been fond of helping young players make the first team, as he's never hesitated to throw a youngster in the pitch regardless of their age.

From his days at Barcelona, Pep's philosophy of high-pressure and every player touching the ball when creating their offense has helped young players turn into some of the best footballers on earth.

And, according to his latest statements, that's what he's hoping to see from Phil Foden going forward, lauding him as the "most talented player he's ever seen":

"I said many times in press conferences, but maybe not in front of him - he is the most talented player I have ever seen as a football player or manager. He has everything to become one of the best players, not just in England. His only problem is that sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in the starting XI.

Hopefully, in the future, he can improve. He deserves all the minutes but he knows what team he plays for and with his competitors, it isn't easy. But he is open-minded and he works incredibly hard in every training session. He knows I appreciate him. I’m here to help him as much as possible to become what he is and I am pretty sure both of us will get it," Guardiola told Manchester City's official website.

Guardiola had nothing but praise for the 19-year-old despite holding him to just 19 caps for Manchester City last season, and his words wouldn't surprise anyone if it wasn't for his resume as a manager.

The Catalan boss coached players like Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Ibrahimovic, and even Lionel Messi during his time at Barcelona, and Robert Lewandowski, and Arjen Robben at Bayern Munchen. So, either Foden is going to be the next Ballon d'Or winner or Pep will need to reconsider his statements on him.