Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Akinfenwa has thanked Man City fans for their ‘classy’ ovation in Carabao Cup clash

Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has thanked “classy” Manchester City fans for their ovation when he was substituted in their Carabao Cup clash.

The 39-year-old was described as a “legendary striker” by Citizens boss Pep Guardiola as Wycombe were defeated 6-1 at the Etihad on Tuesday evening.

As he walked off in the 65th minute, a round of applause swept the stadium as Man City fans showed their respect for the striker.

On Wednesday, Akinfenwa commented on the reception he received, as well as Guardiola’s comments that it was a “pleasure to meet” him.

“I was a bit disappointed that we just kind of ran out of legs at the end but it’s an experience against one of the best teams in the world,” he said.

“I heard what Pep Guardiola said about me and I am honestly humbled by his words.

“And as for the ovation the City fans gave me, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to them all.

“It was a really classy thing to do and it’s another special moment and memory for me to look back on that I will add to my final chapter as a footballer.”

Elsewhere, City are planning to open contract talks with star player Phil Foden, according to one trusted journalist.

Foden is a lifelong Man City fan who has fulfilled his dream of playing for the Manchester club.

He has featured 127 times for the first team, scoring 32 goals, since graduating from their academy in July 2017.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano now claims that City are hoping to hand him a lucrative new contract.

He said on the Here We Go podcast: “He has a long-term contract, but Manchester City, they want to plan for a new contract for Phil Foden.

“They consider him an untouchable player. Pep Guardiola loves Phil Foden and they’re going to talk to Foden in the coming weeks and months about a new contract. It’s not agreed or advanced yet, but they’re planning to talk about it with Phil Foden.”
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