Manchester City wonderkid Phil Foden ‘has to go slow’ in training against Player of the Season contender Ruben Dias
Manchester City star Ruben Dias has admitted he gets Phil Foden to go ‘slow’ with him in training.
The young talent has had a dazzling season for Pep Guardiola’s team as they look for a famous treble.
City are searching for glory in the Premier League and the Champions League but a Carabao Cup final is up first against Tottenham on Sunday.
Foden is likely to be a key factor especially after recent displays against Borussia Dortmund in Europe, and Aston Villa in the league, which moved the club within eight points of reclaiming the Premier League title.
And while his teammates enjoy his efforts on the pitch, the 20-year-old England international, who could be heading to the European Championship in the summer, they get him to take it easier in training.
Defender Dias said: “He is a special talent. He is always driven and you never see him going down like, ‘This isn’t going well for me’ or ‘I have this problem or that problem’.
“He knows very well what he is going for and when you have a player with this quality and with this mindset, it is very difficult not to be successful.
“He knows, against me, he needs to go slow!”
Dias himself has been a huge part of City’s success and and influential member of their improved defence.
Signed from Benfica in the summer for around £62million, he’s been key alongside John Stones in Guardiola’s defence.
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So good have his displays been he is being tipped as a contender for player of the year.
The Portuguese, though, is just focussing on wining trophies and is not thinking about an individual award.
He said: “The nominations are not in yet but to be spoken of in those terms is a tremendous privilege for me.
“It is something that makes me feel good, makes me feel that my work is being well done but, essentially, what it tells me is that the team is having success.
“For me to be on that shortlist, especially as a defender, it can only mean the team won and had success. That, for me, is the biggest thing.
“If you said to me that ‘in your first year in the Premier League you can win the player of the year’, it would be amazing.
“But what I really want in my first year is to win the Premier League. That would be my biggest achievement.”