Phil Foden believed his performance against Burnley was his best for Manchester City yet, but was unwilling to entertain talk he could replace David Silva as their main creator.
Foden scored the first and last goals as City claimed a convincing 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, making Liverpool wait a little longer to take their Premier League trophy.
The 20-year-old has now scored in each of City’s two games since their return from the three-month break. But Foden was keen to shift the emphasis towards the team as a whole, despite how much he is enjoying his rich vein of form.
“It’s always good to play a part and [to be] scoring goals, and just enjoying my football,” Foden told Sky Sports. “The main thing is [I’m] just happy to get the result today and I’m just happy how the team are playing at the moment.
“We’re looking sharp and I’m just hoping that we can continue the form into the next games.
“I think it’s down to the whole team wanting to work hard. When we had the big break and you can see, no matter who the manager puts out, everyone does a job.
“It’s just great to be a part of the team and I’m enjoying my football at the moment.”
Foden’s opener came from a corner routine – and the England under-21 international revealed it was no accident.
When asked if it had been pre-planned in training, Foden replied: “Definitely. We have a set piece coach, so we’ve been working really hard at short corners and defending as well.
“It’s good when it comes off.”
Foden also played a part in David Silva’s goal, which again, came as something they had rehearsed beforehand.
“We worked on that set piece as well. It’s drawn the defenders out and I knew where I was already going to play the pass, so it’s about just disguising it to give the player more time.
“[I’m] just happy it came off really.”
Asked if he had ever had a better game for City in the Premier League, Foden was convinced. He answered: “Probably not, no. I’d like to think that was my best game in a City shirt, to be honest.
“I’m still learning every day and I’m still young, so I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m just happy when I put performances like that in.”
But the midfielder was not willing to accept that he could be the long-term replacement for Silva when the Spaniard leaves.
Silva is set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, but Foden thinks he is still capable of playing on at the Etihad.
“He should extend his contract, to be honest. How he plays today, unbelievable to play with. So I don’t want to think about it too much.
“I’m just enjoying playing with him. He’s a great guy and a legend of the club, so it’s a pleasure to play with him.”
GUARDIOLA HAILS FODEN
Following on from Foden’s comments, manager Pep Guardiola said it was just one of many strong performances from the youngster.
“I’m not going to disagree with Phil, but I remember some games in the cup when he played quite similar,” Guardiola said.
“I’m happy for him and if he feels that’s his best performance, perfect.
“I’ve said many times, when Phil has played he’s never played bad. Especially with his behaviour and attitude.
“He loves to play football. You see it on Twitter and Instagram, when he has a day off he’s with his friends with a ball.
“He loves it, when he goes on the pitch before a training session the first thing he does is take a ball and start to pass.”