Is working for Pep Guardiola exhausting? Has Jude Bellingham asked for any advice? And where were you when Jurgen Klopp announced he was leaving Liverpool

Manchester City and England star Phil Foden answers these and more in an It’s All Kicking Off! podcast special.

The 23-year-old, who announced this week that he and his girlfriend Rebecca Cooke, 22, are expecting their third child, sat down with It’s All Kicking Off! co-host and Mail Sport Football Editor Ian Ladyman in a special episode.

City may have suffered Champions League heartbreak but they are still competing on two fronts and are aiming to go down in history by winning four Premier League titles in a row. 

Foden revealed the inspirational sign he reads every morning and the secrets behind his No 47 shirt in the Mail+ interview

Manchester City and England star Phil Foden opened up in an exclusive interview

Manchester City and England star Phil Foden opened up in an exclusive interview

Manchester City and England star Phil Foden opened up in an exclusive interview

Listen to the FULL interview with Phil Foden on It’s All Kicking Off! here: 

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He shed light on Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and more in conversation with It's All Kicking Off! podcast co-host Ian Ladyman

He shed light on Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and more in conversation with It's All Kicking Off! podcast co-host Ian Ladyman

He shed light on Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and more in conversation with It’s All Kicking Off! podcast co-host Ian Ladyman

Almost five years have passed since Ladyman last spoke with Foden. Then he was just a kid at 18 years old. A hugely talented kid.

People within the club had an idea of what they wanted Foden to achieve but what did he think was possible.

‘The challenge for me was always a mountain to climb to even reach the first team,’ Foden says in the It’s All Kicking Off! interview.

‘In my head I just wanted to make one appearance for this club and be able to say that I had done it.

‘But once I did that I thought: “No I can actually play here. I can handle the standard”.

‘Now I am at that stage where I feel like I am a key player in the team. I feel very comfortable with that.’

Now, Foden is eyeing individual honours.

‘I hope I am up there in the conversation,’ he says with two player of the year awards up for grabs.

Ladyman last spoke with Foden when he was 18. Now, he's 23 and eyeing individual awards

Ladyman last spoke with Foden when he was 18. Now, he's 23 and eyeing individual awards

Ladyman last spoke with Foden when he was 18. Now, he’s 23 and eyeing individual awards

Foden reveals what it's really like to play for Guardiola in an It's All Kicking Off! podcast special

Foden reveals what it's really like to play for Guardiola in an It's All Kicking Off! podcast special

Foden reveals what it’s really like to play for Guardiola in an It’s All Kicking Off! podcast special

‘I am not gonna lie. I want to be one of the best Premier League players this season. I think I have the ability.’

Guardiola has always shown belief in Foden and he continues to flourish under his stewardship. Find out exactly what playing for the serial winner is really like and much more by listening to the It’s All Kicking Off! podcast special.

To read the FULL exclusive interview with Phil Foden, click here to access Mail+, where the first month is FREE.

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