With the return of Premier League football still a week away, City headlines are somewhat thin on the ground this morning.

However, we do have ESPN discussing Phil Foden’s qualities, as well as the words of a Brazilian legend who knows Pep Guardiola well.

Here’s today’s roundup of the best City stories from across the media.

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Rivaldo says: “Personally, knowing Guardiola having shared the Barcelona changing room with him, I know he is a very calm, experienced and strong person, who knows his players well.

“With so many more matches to play in this Premier League title race, I think he knows Manchester City can overturn their eight-point deficit to Liverpool.

“Guardiola has built a great team with an excellent playing style.

“Last season Liverpool also lead the title race by a considerable margin in the middle of the season and then Manchester City was crowned champion.

“Of course, it won't happen all the time.

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“But he trusts in his team and knows they're not inferior to Liverpool, so he believes they can recover this situation.

“It he didn't believe on the team It would be much tougher to produce a comeback.”

ESPN: Phil Foden is the heir apparent to David Silva

Ian Darke says: “I’ve got a very high opinion of him indeed. Of course, we haven’t seen as often as we’d like but every time you do see him he looks bright, dynamic, clever, he’s got s goal in him.

“I know he hasn’t always been in the Manchester City team but I think he should be in England’s European Championships squad next summer, regardless of that.

“They call him the Stockport Iniesta. I think he is [the heir to David Silva].”

That's all for this morning's Media Watch - but stay with us today as we bring you all the latest as City face Birmingham in the Women's Super League.