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Foden lauded as 'the best young player in the world' by Rio Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Manchester City after the club finally achieved its long-standing aim of reaching the Champions League, while hailing Phil Foden as 'the best young player in the world.'

City dazzled against a Paris Saint Germain side which quickly lost its head inside the Etihad, with Angel Di Maria receiving a straight red card in a painful 4-1 aggregate defeat.

Ferdinand was left in awe by the performance of his once rivals, and reserved a specific segment of praise for the 20-year-old Foden who did not look an inch out of place against the world's best.

'At the moment I would say Phil Foden is the best young player in the world right now on form,' Ferdinand said from the BT Sport studio.

'[Erling] Haaland is yet to play at this level. In terms of this moment, Foden is the best on form.'

'By the end of it they were taking the mick, it was embarrassing for PSG, a team who are full of experience and full of winners. Huge hats off to Pep and his team.

'[It was a] Totally dominant display - we were wondering "is it a step too far?" The last 45 mins in Paris was a pivotal moment, we wondered "can they carry the same momentum?"

'[Ruben] Dias and [John] Stones were impenetrable, Foden and Mahrez were immense going forward, Fernandinho was superb at the age of 36, it was a very, very good performance from a top top team.'

Fellow pundit Joe Hart was in full agreement with Ferdinand, noting that Foden is coming from humble beginnings in the north west England to dominate at the highest level of world football.

'Look at [Foden]'s freedom. His name is Phil, he's 20 from Stockport and he's lighting it up! It's so important for Man City to have a player doing that,' Hart added.