Revealed: Why Phil Foden continues to wear the number 47 shirt for Manchester City

Phil Foden was offered the chance to switch his shirt number from 47 last summer, but turned down the opportunity for one very heart-warming reason, according to Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

The teenage starlet is going from strength to strength, but some Manchester City fans have wondered why the Stockport-born midfielder continues to wear the shirt number from the moment he broke onto the scene in the first-team squad.

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As revealed by Mail Sport, the number 47 remains on the kit of the England U21 international as a permanent tribute to his late grandfather Ronnie, who passed away at the age of 47. For this reason alone, Phil Foden ‘politely declined‘ the opportunity presented by the club to switch kit numbers.

The number acts as a ‘nod to his heritage, a permanent symbol of the weight of family pride he carries, and solidifies his family’s bond with City‘, as stated by Jack Gaughan.

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The fascinating reveal touched many Manchester City fans, on a splendid week for the teenager that saw him bag in the UEFA Champions League victory against Dinamo Zagreb in Ukraine. Many have backed the youngster to continue his remarkable week with a start at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, especially with David Silva labelled as a ‘doubt‘ for the clash.

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