Phil Foden will only get better and better, says Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has no doubt that Phil Foden will only keep getting better.

Foden excelled on Sunday as he and Erling Haaland scored hat-tricks in Manchester United’s 6-3 derby win over Manchester City.

The midfielder is now one of City’s senior stars and an established England international, having progressed through the club’s youth department, and team-mate De Bruyne believes there is much more to come from him.

“He’s only 22,” said De Bruyne. “I know when I was 22 I wasn’t the player I am now.

“He’s so good, so he’s trying to find consistency. He played incredibly for us, so he’ll be here for a long time.”

De Bruyne thinks Foden is talented enough to play in multiple positions but expects him to play more centrally as his career progresses.

I see him eventually playing more central as he gets older

Kevin De Bruyne on Phil Foden

The Belgian said: “What is he not good at? He can play in many different positions.

“I think he will eventually play central but at this moment maybe it’s a little bit better for him on the wing to have more freedom and less direction so that he flows into the game.

“I see him eventually playing more central as he gets older and gets more stamina. It’s all about small details to just find more consistency in the performances.”

City’s performance against United, with Haaland continuing his sensational start at the club in the summer, was perhaps an ominous sign for the rest of the competition.

There was uncertainty as to how quickly the champions would get going with Haaland’s arrival following the departures of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus and shift the focus of the side’s attack.

De Bruyne said: “I don’t feel like the energy was different before.

“If you have a couple of players who have a year left on their contract and they decide to do another challenge, maybe it’s best to get some money for them, even if the players were so important to us.

“But the guys who came in did really well so we have to commend them for coming in, changing teams and playing as they are, so it’s good for us.” Phil Foden will only get better and better, says Kevin De Bruyne

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