Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss hails 'exceptional' wonderkid after first Premier League start

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With Guardiola being cited as a manager with extremely high standards of players to execute his football philosophy, only a select few academy players have made an impact throughout his career at FC Barcelona, Bayern and now City.

However, 18-year-old Phil Foden is destined to be the next crown jewel nurtured under the Spanish tactician after making his first start in the Premier League.

The FIFA U17 World Cup winner produced a magnificent display in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City as they moved back to the summit of the league table.

And Guardiola waxed lyrical of his potential after he completed 49 of his 53 attempted passes - as he controlled the tempo of that game alongside Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne.

"Phil, we know it, he's young but he can do everything," Guardiola said. "He can create chances, he's incredible with his vision. We can count on them and that's good.

"Every day he is in the locker room, he is part of the group and we trust him. He's absolutely ready to play with us. He did everything well, he's exceptional."

"It's not easy for him with (David) Silva, Bernardo (Silva), (Ilkay) Gundogan, De Bruyne, but he wants to be here, he's delighted to be here," the City boss added. "I assure you next year he will play more minutes. That's the process. He's 18 or 19. For the next decade he will be important."

"Phil, we know it, he's young but he can do everything," Guardiola said. "He can create chances, he's incredible with his vision. We can count on them and that's good.

"Every day he is in the locker room, he is part of the group and we trust him. He's absolutely ready to play with us. He did everything well, he's exceptional."

"It's not easy for him with (David) Silva, Bernardo (Silva), (Ilkay) Gundogan, De Bruyne, but he wants to be here, he's delighted to be here," the City boss added.

"I assure you next year he will play more minutes. That's the process. He's 18 or 19. For the next decade he will be important."