Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester City midfielder may have to leave Premier League champions to fulfil his potential

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Foden, 18, is yet to start a Premier League game for Pep Guardiola’s men

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Phil Foden may have to follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps and leave Manchester City so he can fulfil his potential.

Foden, 18, is an important part of Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad but is yet to start a Premier League match for the reigning champions.

Ferdinand is not convinced Phil Foden will get the game time he needs at Manchester City

Ferdinand is not convinced Phil Foden will get the game time he needs at Manchester City

And the BT Sport pundit believes the time may come when Foden, whose current deal runs until the summer of 2024, has to evaluate his options if he isn’t getting regular football.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Ferdinand said: “He’s got great potential, but at the end of the day he needs game time.

“He’s not going to get that at Manchester City. Jadon Sancho didn’t, so that’s why he left.

“He demanded regular football and decided to go to Borussia Dortmund.

Rio Ferdinand spoke exclusively to talkSPORT on a wide range of topics

Rio Ferdinand spoke exclusively to talkSPORT on a wide range of topics

“To be fair he’s fully vindicated that decision – he’s a £100m+ player now.”

Six-time Premier League winner Ferdinand feels there are too many players ahead of Foden in the pecking order at the Etihad in order for him to establish himself as a first-team star.

“If there’s an injury in midfield and they’ve got a big game I don’t see him being the man to come in and fill the gap,” he explained.

“For instance if David Silva was out then [Ilkay] Gundogan plays there or Bernando Silva replaces him.


“There’s no doubt Foden will improve by training with a squad of that quality, but there will come a time when he thinks to himself I want to play first-team football.

“Every footballer has that competitive nature in them and wants to be one of the first names on the teamsheet – Foden will be no different.

“I hope he gets the opportunity do that at Manchester City because it will be great for English football, but the circumstances would need to change.”

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