With just four days to go for his 21st birthday, Phil Foden has already won three Premier League titles with Manchester City, and will be playing his first Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday.
Speaking to BBC sport editor Dan Roan, Foden admitted it has always been a dream for him to play in the Champions League final. The England international added “I would never have thought it would happen so quickly. I’d always laugh and joke with my mates about playing in the Champions League final, [but] I never thought I would be playing in one.”
“It’s all gone so quick, I just want to enjoy the occasion as much as I can because you never know if you’re going to get another opportunity.”
Having lost twice to Chelsea already this season, Foden admitted the Blues are a serious threat in the final. He added “They’ve beaten us the last two times, it just shows how great a team they are. Since the manager has come in they look even better, so it’s going to be a big challenge. We’re looking forward to it.”
“We’re all massively looking forward to it. We can only play like we normally play any other game, and just enjoy it.”
Foden praised Pep Guardiola for developing him the player he is today, and said “A lot [of credit] goes to the manager, to train me the way he does and help me, and also the players as well,” Foden said. “They help me play better, so it’s a bit of both.”
“I was only young [when he came into the squad] and there were so many great players here, I was never going to get the opportunity until a few players left. Now I’m really doing well and I just want to keep up the good form.”