Manchester City veteran Yaya Toure has spoken highly of academy product Phil Foden and believes the teenager will become a top player at the Premier League side.
At the age of 17, Foden became the youngest City player to play in a Champions League game on Tuesday when he came on for Toure in the 75th minute as Pep Guardiola's men beat Feyenoord 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Toure has backed the exciting young midfielder to keep progressing, especially if he soaks up all the experience on offer at the club from the likes of David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne.
A lovely debut for @PhilFoden. Kept the ball, got plenty of touches, played on a huge stage in the CL, felt that euphoria of a last minute winner on the pitch for the club he loves.
The perfect way to ease into professional football ?? pic.twitter.com/Z7or69rzcL
— Steven (@EsteemedKompany) November 22, 2017
“If he stays in this club, he is going to be one of the top players because it’s always good to learn from and be close to the big players,” Toure said, as quoted by the club's official website.
“When I was at Barcelona, I learned a lot. I was lucky enough to have a chance to win trophies because of the players around me.
“It’s fantastic for him and he’s going to be the future.
“He’s very important. The team keeps changing and the club are moving forward, so it’s very important [to bring players through].
“I hope, and I think, he will stay for a long time.
“Sometimes you have great players coming because Man City is such a strong team – a powerful club who can buy players – but I think he must stay here and learn from the big players, like [David] Silva, Kevin [De Bruyne], [Ilkay] Gundogan, Fernandinho – all those players are going to give him more experience and confidence for the rest of his career.
“I hope we will see a great player in the future."