Guardiola: David Silva replacement not needed because of Phil Foden

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will not sign a replacement for David Silva this summer. The Spaniard is set to leave City at the end of the season after spending a decade at the club. The 34-year-old joined the club in 2010 from Valencia and has had a steller career with the club.

Guardiola plans to grant English wonderkid Phil Foden a chance in the first team next season. “When David said it was his last year I told the board we have Phil, so we don’t have to invest.” Foden showed his qualities for City on Monday, bagging two goals as the Premier League giants trashed Burnley 5-0.

“It is difficult to find a replacement like David, what he has done with this club,” Guardiola said afterwards. “Players like Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David as well have helped us to be who we are as a team and a club. It is difficult to find a replacement but [in Foden], we have a young Manchester City fan who every time he plays gives us something unique and special.”

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