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Pep Makes Big Foden Claim After Derby Heroics

Phil Foden has been praised as the best player in the Premier League by Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola has made a big claim about midfielder Phil Foden after he scored a brace in Manchester City’s 3-1 derby win over Manchester United on Sunday.

The 23-year-old put on a football clinic at the Etihad Stadium on the weekend as he inspired the Citizens to a comeback victory over crosstown rivals United.

Following a stunning Marcus Rashford opening goal, Foden equalised with a scintillating effort of his own shortly after the break, before eventually putting his side in front in the 80th minute.

Guardiola believes the midfielder, who has now contributed to 18 goals in 27 Premier League games this term, has been the best player in the division this season.

“It is the amount of games he is playing. He was always a talented player but now he is more mature and understands more the game, especially defensively,” the Spaniard told BBC Match of the Day.

“He can play middle, right, make moments and cut inside, play in the left, scoring from the left. What can I say? He is the best player in the Premier League right now for the amount of things he does. Unbelievable.

“When he scores two goals it gives me more pleasure than the other stuff. We don’t negotiate over that, the guy who doesn’t do that doesn’t stay in the team.

“He loves football, he lives for football. He is a joy and his work ethic is unbelievable.”

Across all competitions this season, Foden has scored 18 goals and assisted a further 10 strikes in 40 appearances. 

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