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Pep Guardiola issues apology to Manchester City midfielder ahead of Premier League transfer switch



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips will depart the Etihad Stadium this month.

The 28-year-old will complete a loan move to West Ham United for the remainder of the campaign after making just six starts for Manchester City during the past 18 months.

Phillips, who was part of Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad last season, is set to sign for David Moyes’ side in a bid to reignite his career, having rejected the chance to leave the Etihad Stadium last summer.

The England midfielder moved from Leeds United for £42 million in July 2022, but failed to make an impact with the Manchester City squad, featuring just 31 times for the Sky Blues.

Phillips has opted to leave the club in an attempt to boost his hopes of being selected by Gareth Southgate for the European Championships in Germany this summer, with the midfielder having been part of the Three Lions side that travelled to Qatar.

Newcastle United, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Juventus were all linked with signing the England international on a short-term loan, however West Ham have won the race for the 28-year-olds signature.

Phillips is expected to complete a short-term move to the London Stadium, with the Hammers also having the option to sign Phillips on a permanent basis during the summer transfer window.

Speaking ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Tottenham in the Emirates FA Cup, Guardiola confirmed that the midfielder was swapping the North West for east London.

“He travelled yesterday to make medical tests but it’s not completely done,” said the City boss.

“Hopefully he can play the minutes he deserves and I couldn’t give to him. He’s an exceptional human being.”

Phillips scored for Manchester City in December, netting from the penalty spot against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

The midfielder has also won five trophies during his short spell at Manchester City, including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Emirates FA Cup.