Kalvin Phillips is now reportedly ‘ready to consider his options’ during the January transfer window following concerns over game-time.
The 27-year-old has struggled significantly for consistent game-time at the Etihad Stadium following his transfer from Leeds United last summer, due to a mixture of poor form, injury problems, and the exemplary performances of competitors in the Manchester City squad.
Phillips was at the centre of widespread transfer interest throughout the recent summer transfer window, but ultimately opted to remain a part of Pep Guardiola’s squad in the hope that his fortunes would improve – largely based off the experiences of fellow City teammates at the start of their respective careers at the club.
However now, there is a clear indication that those hopes may be fading, and that Kalvin Phillips may have accepted that in order to get his top-level professional career back on track – despite the success of last season on a silverware front – a move away may be required.
That is according to the information of ESPN’s Rob Dawson, who reports that Kalvin Phillips is now ‘ready to consider his options’ to leave Manchester City in January after losing faith that he will ever be a regular at the Etihad Stadium.
This feeling has particularly sparked after Phillips was overlooked by Pep Guardiola for the two Premier League games against Wolves and Arsenal at Molineux and the Emirates Stadium respectively, while defensive midfield mainstay Rodri was suspended, according to the report.
ESPN quote a source who states that with Rodri now back available again for Manchester City, and the reigning Premier League champions having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup, Kalvin Phillips fears opportunities will be limited between now and the January market.
It is stated that the England international is ‘desperate’ to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany next summer, but has been advised by the Three Lions boss that his situation would be improved by playing regularly.
Over the last week in particular, a number of high-profile clubs have been linked with some level of interest in the Manchester City man, namely Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to sources in Germany.
The feeling in some quarters is that Phillips is a name being discussed by relevant figures at the Allianz Arena as a possible option for the upcoming winter market, as Thomas Tuchel looks to strengthen his side to compete across all competitions.
Closer to home and Kalvin Phillips may have the likes of West Ham, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Everton returning with renewed interest, after all of the aforementioned clubs had their hopes of signing the player turned down by the former Elland Road man himself last summer.
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