By Alex McLeish

17th Jun, 2022 | 8:00am

Kalvin Phillips told to snub Man City on one condition after source's reveal - pundit

Alex McLeish has suggested Kalvin Phillips should snub a move to Man City if he is not guaranteed regular playing time.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 27-year-old must consider other options if Pep Guardiola does not see him his a first-team stalwart.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (13 June), City have already tabled a bid to sign Phillips after identifying the Leeds star as their top target.

Significantly, a recruitment source has told this site (15 June) the defensive midfielder has told his boyhood club he wants to join the Premier League champions.

However, McLeish suggested game time should be a decisive factor in Phillips’ thinking.

He insisted the England star must snub City’s approach if there is no guarantee of regular action.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He should be going somewhere he’s playing regular football every week.

“Phillips shouldn’t go somewhere if he’s going to be on the bench, playing every five weeks or something. No.

“For me, for his career, wherever he goes, he’s going to make enormous money. For me, it stands to reason that he goes to someone for enormous money and plays every week.

“I would say if he is not guaranteed as a Man City stalwart or in the nucleus of the team, he should go somewhere else. That’s my opinion.”

City are in the market for a new midfielder following Fernandinho’s decision to leave this summer.

Guardiola currently has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Rodri to call upon in midfield.

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