Real Madrid believe ‘frustrated’ Phil Foden can be lured away from Man City

Real Madrid believe they can lure “frustrated” Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden away from Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Englishman has increased his influence at the Etihad Stadium over the last four seasons, helping his side win two Premier League titles and a domestic treble.

Despite earning high praise from pundits, the midfielder has continued to struggle for a starting place as he has made the XI just five times in the league this season.

And The Mirror have reported that the Spanish giants could jump on an opportunity to land the 20-year-old.

Madrid are keeping a close eye on Foden, who has scored five goals and made four assists in all competitions this season.

They have become more interested over the years – and believe that “frustration at his lack of starts is beginning to grow”.

And the report states that Madrid believe that it could now be time to take advantage of the situation at the Etihad Stadium.

Foden had only made one start since the beginning of October before playing in the 1-1 draw against West Brom before Christmas.

But he has been a regular starter in the Champions League and Carabao Cup campaign, yet to taste a defeat in either of them.

The midfielder broke into the squad during the title-winning 2017/18 season, where he made 10 appearances under Guardiola following U17 World Cup victory with England.

While Madrid understand Foden is feeling frustrated, Guardiola called on the 20-year-old to check himself.

Speaking after City’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, the manager said: “He has incredible energy for a guy of 19, 20 years old but [in] still the final decision, the final pass, he has to slow down a little bit.

“He wants to win the world, he wants to eat the world and he wants to be important. That's normal, but he needs experience to be more calm.

“He plays football in the same rhythm and football must be played in different rhythms. Sometimes you have to walk, sometimes you have to have rhythm, sometimes you have to change the rhythm.

“He has to understand this but that [comes with] experience, not advice.”

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