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Report: Manchester City midfielder ‘desperate’ to join English football giants



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Manchester City are likely to entertain offers for first-team outcast Kalvin Phillips, with the player now said to be ‘desperate’ to join his former club Leeds United.

The England international is on the verge of facing a major crossroads in his top-level professional playing career, with his stay at the Etihad Stadium not expected to go much further beyond the end of the ongoing season.

In an attempt to force his way back into the thinking of England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the European Championships, Phillips sanctioned a move to West Ham during the recent January transfer market, but such a move has not paid dividends.

Following numerous questionable performances and errors leading to goals for opposition teams, Phillips once again finds himself restricted to substitute duties, and is unlikely to feature much more during the remaining matches of the campaign.

However, a fresh opportunity could present itself during the upcoming summer market, should his former club end the season on the ultimate high by securing promotion back into the Premier League.

According to the information of Football Insider, Kalvin Phillips is ‘desperate’ to re-sign for current Championship side and English football giants Leeds United during the upcoming summer transfer window.

The report has detailed that West Ham United coaches – whom the midfielder currently operates under whilst on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the ongoing season – are ‘convinced’ that “all Phillips is interested in is playing for Leeds”.

Kalvin Phillips originally signed for Manchester City in July 2022 on a six-year contract, in the same window as the likes of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, for a reported initial fee of £42 million potentially rising to £45 million in add-ons.

However, given the exceptionally high standards set by Rodri in defensive midfield for City, it was almost an impossible task for Phillips to establish himself as a mainstay in Pep Guardiola’s system, whilst he also struggled to grasp the requirements of the playing style.

Manchester City may be open to another temporary move away from the club for Kalvin Phillips for the 2024/25 season, but the player would almost certainly require consistent game time if he is to return to his form of earlier in his career.