Danny Mills has revealed his “big worry” that Phil Foden will be marginalised at Manchester City by the potential signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-City and England defender explained how he is a huge admirer of the “amazing” talent of 19-year-old Foden but he needs regular game time to maximise his ability.
Sky Sports reported this week that the Premier League champions are ready to pay Rodrigo’s £62.5million release clause as he told the Spanish club of his desire to quit this summer.
City have made the 22-year-old their primary midfield target this summer after the Spaniard’s outstanding campaign for Diego Simeone’s side.
“The worry is that it will push Phil Foden down the pecking order at City, that is my concern,” Mills told Football Insider. “Undoubtedly, he is an amazing young talent.
“Will he play enough games next season? That’s the big worry. It may be one more holding season for him. He will have a decision to make in a year. He needs to play week in, week out to maximise his enormous potential.
“He’s a fabulous player, there is no question of that. He has shown he can do it, but the only way he can establish himself for club and country is by playing regularly.
“Until then, we will not know how good he really is. The odd cameo is not good enough.”
Foden has made 36 appearances for City since emerging from their academy ranks and Guardiola has spoken regularly of how he regards the teenager as a major part of the team’s future.
But he made only four Premier League and Champions League starts among his 27 matches last season, most of which came as a substitute.
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