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NEW SEASON, NEW KIT: Phil Foden models the 18/19 away strip in Chicago

NEW SEASON, NEW KIT: Phil Foden models the 18/19 away strip in Chicago

Phil Foden says he is bulking up in a bid to become a Manchester City regular.

The 18-year-old is currently in the US with Pep Guardiola and the rest of the Blues squad as they prepare for the new season – and he started the first game of the summer against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago at the weekend.

And Foden, a lifelong City fan, says he is improving – both physically and mentally – as he looks to establish himself in Guardiola’s starting side.

“From last year, I’m a lot bigger,” he said. “I’ve matured as a player and I feel I’m getting closer to where I need to be.

“I’m more physical and I’m working hard – hopefully I can get to where I want to go.

“My first pre-season was just about experience, learning how to play with the first team.

“I’ve been brought on as a player and now I feel more mature and comfortable, playing with the first-team players.”

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Foden made 10 first-team appearances for City last season.

His debut came as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 win over Feyenoord in the Champions League, before making his first start two weeks later away at Shakhtar Donetsk.

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And he made his first Premier League appearance in the victory over Tottenham with a dazzling cameo at the Etihad Stadium.

Foden is keen for more opportunities to showcase his undoubted talent but says patience is key for young players.

“Sometimes you can get carried away when you’re not playing but it’s all a waiting game and playing at the right time,” he said.

“You have to be patient and believe. When it’s right, you’ll play.”

As well as making his first-team debut, Foden also enjoyed international success last term, helping England win the U17 World Cup in India.

He scored twice in the final against Spain and was deservedly named as the tournament’s best player.

And he has since been nominated for the Golden Boy award, a prestigious accolade previously won by Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe.

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the Stockport-born midfielder - so has it all hit home?

"Not really, no!" he said.

"Last year was a good year for me. I won quite a lot of things and it’s going to be hard to beat that in my life. It’s sinking in slowly."

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