Fernandinho and Pep Guardiola

Fernandinho looks embarrassed as Pep Guardiola hits back at Gary Neville (Video)

Neville criticises City

Pep Guardiola was not pleased about Gary Neville saying that Phil Foden was at the wrong Manchester club.

Neville, a Manchester United legend, said he was disappointed to see the talented 17-year-old Foden playing for United’s nearest rivals. He believes that the youngster’s route to the first team will be blocked.

City academy graduates made a combined 46 appearances for the club last season, 29 of which were made by Kelechi Iheanacho. City have spent £217 million on new signings in this campaign and plan to bring in more.

Guardiola hits back

An intense Guardiola responded to Neville openly, much to the embarrassment of Fernandinho: “Which is the right club? It’s a question to Gary Neville. My history is there. I’m not going to put young players in the squad because they are young. They will be in the squad because they have quality. I don’t have problems with that.

“The club is working well in terms of the academy. There are many players with good prospects for the future. We will be patient with those guys. They are going to train with us most, or part of, the season.

“Phil Foden is going to play in the next games. He has the quality to play in that team. I’m so happy to have him. He’s a Mancunian, a City fan, a humble guy. He’s a fighter. He looks skinny but he’s a strong guy.”