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City quartet up for Golden Boy award

YOUNG STARS: Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden celebrate their first Premier League medals...

YOUNG STARS: Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden celebrate their first Premier League medals...

Four City stars have been nominated for Tuttosport's Golden Boy award.

Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz, Lukas Nmecha and Manu Garcia have been named in the 100-man shortlist, chosen by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

Stockport-born City fan Foden, who joined the Club at the age of nine and only turned 18 this May, has made ten appearances for the Blues since making his senior bow in the 2017/18 Champions League clash against Feyenoord.

The youngster was introduced from the bench, having earned a regular spot in the matchday squad following impressive displays for the Elite Development Squad and in the pre-season tour of the USA, becoming the fourth youngest English player to make an appearance in the Champions League (aged 17 years 177 days).

He then broke the record for the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game, as he was named in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for the trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.

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In May this year, Foden became the youngest ever player to receive a Premier League winners' medal, as Guardiola's men lifted the title for the third time. He claimed his first senior assist, setting up for Sergio Aguero to score in the memorable home win over Leicester.

He also shone on the international stage, starring as England clinched the Under-17 World Cup with two goals in a thrilling 5-2 final triumph over Spain.

Fleet-footed midfielder Diaz, also 18, was also included in City's trip to America and hit the headlines with two goals in three games.

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He had already made his senior debut in the 2016/17 League Cup visit to Swansea, coming off the bench for the final ten minutes of the 2-1 victory, aged just 17 years and 49 days old. He would pen his first professional contract five days later.

In November 2017, he made his Champions League debut, replacing Raheem Sterling in injury time against Feyenoord.

Having made five Premier League appearances, plus three in Europe, one in the FA Cup and another in the Carabao Cup, Diaz also claimed a League Champions medal.

A prolific goalscorer at Academy level, Nmecha also made his senior bow in the 2017/18 campaign, coming off the bench in the Carabao Cup clash at Leicester. The striker marked his debut with a successful penalty in the shoot-out victory over the Foxes.

His Premier League debut arrived in City's triumph at West Ham in April this year. He has since made three first-team appearances and earned deserved recognition for his displays for our EDS, receiving a nomination for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award following a fine 15-goal haul.

Manu Garcia spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at NAC Breda, where he featured 35 times, scoring one and creating two.

The youngster player selected by Manuel Pellegrini for our post-season North America tour in May 2015 and subsequent 2016 pre-season tour, the Spaniard made his debut against Toronto, coming on in place of his compatriot David Silva.

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He gained more first-team minutes on the trip to Australia and Vietnam, starting four of the five friendly fixtures before he was offered his first professional contract on his 17th birthday.

After impressing for the EDS, he made his first-time debut in a Capital One Cup tie at Sunderland; then scored his first senior goal in the same competition against Crystal Palace.

To further his experience, he made the loan switch to La Liga side Deportivo Alaves, before joining NAC Breda in the January. After helping the Dutch outfit to gain promotion to the Eredivisie, he extended his stay for another season.

The City quartet are all in esteemed company, as also amongst the nominees are last year's winner Kylian Mpabbe, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Everton's Tom Davies.

Congratulations and good luck to our City starlets.

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