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Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd

Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd

Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd

Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd

Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd

Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd
Man City boss Guardiola: We need Gabriel Jesus at his best for Man Utd
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus is ready for the derby against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Brazilian forward struck twice in the 4-1 thumping of Burnley to show he can fill the gap left by injured Sergio Aguero.

City boss Guardiola said: “Gabriel has to be himself, we need his goals and that's why we won the last game.

“If he puts this idea in his head he can do it every game.

“Not just with him but for all the players, confidence has to be there in the heads, not because of good or bad performances, winning or losing games.

“There are some things that are undeniable, the mentality and how strong they are. We have to learn with all athletes, we'll not bei in the high level and playing if he didn't have quality.

“They can control it, they don't need the manager to speak to them, they have to believe they are good enough and show how good they are.

“All the time it's there, if they score goals the confidence rises, likes if a keeper doesn't' concede goals the confidence rises.

“Normally here we speak about what happened in the past, the recent past - but everything has changed, couldn't care less.

“It's about tomorrow at 5.30 and the players decide who is going to win.

“United have huge history and their quality is always there but we must try to beat them. I speak to my players to see how to beat them."

Everton caretaker boss Ferguson: Permanent job unrealistic

Everton caretaker boss Ferguson: Permanent job unrealistic

Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson says it is not "realistic" to expect to take the job permanently.

The 47-year-old, who made 239 league appearances for Everton in his playing career, scoring 60 goals, is filling in following Marco Silva's sacking.

"I think the club will find a really top manager to come," he said.

"It is a dream of mine to be the Everton manager, but let's be realistic."

The Scot, who has not managed a senior side before, added that he was not looking beyond the home match against Chelsea at lunchtime on Saturday.

"That is all my remit is, to get a result tomorrow [Saturday]," said Ferguson.

"This is a fantastic club. Who wouldn't want to be Everton manager? I'm sure there will be many, many top managers up for this job.

"We have plenty of time in the league, plenty of games ahead of us. There are not many points to mid-table so if we can string a few results together I am sure we can start climbing the table."

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Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE (Image: GETTY)

Phil Foden has long since got used to the background noise of opinions about his career. His tactic to date has been to ignore it, keep his head down and make the best use of the minutes he gets in a blue shirt.

But ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby against Manchester United, the teenager has laid out an ambitious vision both at Manchester City and with England.

And while he says he will be sad to see his hero go, he believes the departure of David Silva from the club next summer can give him the platform to achieve all of them.

“I want to play in the derby, in a Champions League Final in Istanbul – which I believe we can. I want to play for City in big games and I want to play for England.” he said.

“I am excited for the future so hopefully I will play regularly next year. I am so excited to see where that goes.” 

Foden’s star burst into the firmament in 2017 winning the U17 World Cup with England and the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.

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Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Foden is not listening to those saying he needs to leave City (Image: GETTY)

Chances with Pep Guardiola's City since have been limited not by talent but by the quality in front of him - so much so that some voices have suggested he leaves the club either on loan or permanently.

Such suggestions meet with a shake of the head from the teenager and an insistence that, at City, he is not only at the club he loves but getting the best education a footballer could wish for.

“I remember thinking when I made the step up from the academy on the first day of training (with the first team) I was thinking ‘How am I going to handle this?’” he says.

“But I fitted in quite quickly and training with such great players every day makes you better.

“It is not what these players ‘teach’ you, it is just watching them in training and playing against the likes of Silva. 

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Phil Foden in conversation with Express Sport's Gideon Brooks (Image: DAILY EXPRESS)

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Foden will expectedly replace David Silva as a regular starter for City (Image: GETTY)
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“You have to (absorb) the things he’s done really well and make sure you take something from it every day.

“I am learning from him all the time. He amazes me all the time in training still. For instance I’m amazed he is so strong for a little guy and defends really well.”

Foden has been part of the fabric at Manchester City since being identified by youth coach Terry John on a scouting trip to his primary school – his report to the academy being he had seen a kid with “potential”.

Foden was four years old at the time.

Fifteen years later that judgement still holds but there is no doubting he believes the time to fulfil has arrived.

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Foden's starts for City have been limited in recent seasons (Image: DAILY EXPRESS)

He adds: “Sometimes I do get sick of people saying ‘he’s only young’ and sometimes (when not picked) I show respect because this is my boyhood club and I understand where the manager is coming from.

“But I believe that I can play in big games.”

Raheem Sterling has no doubts he can cut it and has said he should be on Gareth Southgate’s radar – a comment which saw the England manager admit it was a case of “when rather than if, unless something goes wildly off-track for him”.

That would seem unlikely for the down-to-earth Foden but he concedes that waiting for things to happen for him is not an option. 

He has to force the issue.

“I would obviously like to be in the England squad sooner rather than later but I can understand Gareth saying I haven’t played enough minutes,” Foden continues.

Phil Foden dismisses Man City transfer claims as he lays out David Silva plan - EXCLUSIVE

Guardiola has been full of praise for Foden (Image: GETTY)

“But look, I am excited for the future. I just need to take the minutes I get, show it on the pitch and in training and impress the manager, and hopefully I can get there soon.”

Foden’s experience of derby combat to date is not extensive, amounting to two minutes in November last year as a 92nd minute replacement for man of the match Silva.

Next season he hopes to replace him permanently but that does not mean he cannot make an impact sooner rather than later.

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