Phil Foden has agreed a new six-year contract with Manchester City as a reward for his rapid rise under Pep Guardiola.
The 21-year-old has become integral to the City team, starring as they reached a first-ever Champions League final last season.
That was underlined last week when Foden was named on the 30-man shortlist for the men’s Ballon d’Or alongside teammates Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Dias and Riyad Mahrez.
City have tied the boyhood supporter down to 2027 in a deal that is expected to be announced over the coming days and likely to make him one of the highest-paid young players in world football.
Foden spent the beginning of this term recovering from a complicated foot injury sustained at the European Championship but has given Guardiola’s side fresh energy since his return.
The youngster’s first Premier League start of the campaign came in the 1-0 victory at Chelsea last month, during which he flourished. He followed that up with a stunning display at Anfield as City drew 2-2 with Liverpool before the international break.
Foden also penned a six-year contract back in 2018 in what was a heavily incentivised agreement that grew from his original basic salary of £30,000-a-week after triggering specific targets.
The 16 goals that Foden scored last season was a career best and left him just one behind top goalscorer Ilkay Gundogan, while Rodri was the only squad member to have featured in more games.
Guardiola has used the academy graduate in a range of positions from either flank to a false nine, with observers believing his ultimate calling will lie in central midfield.