PHIL FODEN plans to resume contract talks with Manchester City when he returns from England duty this week.
And the champions are confident they are closing in on an agreement with their 21-year-old superstar.
The Three Lions ace and boyhood City fan is currently committed to the club until 2024 after signing a six-year deal back in December 2018.
Talks have been ongoing over a fresh contract of a similar length in recognition of the outstanding progress he has made over the last few years.
Foden has never had any doubts that he wanted to stay with his favourite club – but even so it will be a huge statement when the paperwork is signed.
His last contract started on around £30,000-per-week but contained clauses which saw his salary increase as he continued to make progress.
Last week he was named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or – proving he has become one of the best players in the world.
Despite missing the start of the season with a foot injury, he has made up for lost time since he made his return against RB Leipzig in mid September.
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Pep Guardiola is a huge fan and called Foden the most talented young player he had ever seen.
He also said he would not sell him for 500 million euros.
John Stones, Ruben Dias and Ederson have all signed new long-term deals with City during the current campaign – and Foden could well be next.
Chelsea and England star Mason Mount recently heaped praise on Foden and said: “I know what Phil is about.
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“I’ve played against him many times and not just in the professional game – at academy level, too.
“The passes he sees, the passes he picks out, the way he moves with the ball… he is a top, top, top player.
“To see him do it on the big stage, like he’s done many times, it’s special.”
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