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“So sorry” – Pep Guardiola issues stark apology to Manchester City treble-winner as January exit looms



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised to Kalvin Phillips, as the midfielder considers leaving the club in January.

The 28-year-old remains at risk of missing out on a place at this summer’s European Championship after making just one start for Manchester City during the current campaign.

The Englishman, who made only four starts during the entirety of last season, remains out of favour at the Etihad Stadium despite overcoming a series of long-term injury issues.

Phillips featured in just 21 matches for the treble-winners last season, playing less than 600 minutes and making just two Premier League starts over the course of the campaign.

The midfielder failed to make his full Premier League debut for Manchester City until a clash against Chelsea in May, despite signing from Leeds United for £42 million, and penning an initial six-year contract.

The 28-year-old opted against leaving the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window, when City Xtra revealed that over 15 European clubs had enquired about signing the England international.

Phillips looks set to leave the treble-winners next month, with Juventus, Newcastle and Tottenham all linked with signing the midfielder.

Guardiola has casted fresh doubt on the future of Phillips after issuing an apology to the player for a lack of minutes, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Luton Town.

“I’m so sorry,” said the Catalan.

“I don’t know what will happen to Kalvin Phillips. He has good character, I’m so sorry I have not picked him. I visualise my team and select a team.”

Manchester City could also look to bolster their squad during the January transfer window, with the Blues currently six points off the top of the Premier League and winless since early November.