By Frank McAvennie

19th Jun, 2022 | 8:58am

Man City sent warning after Leeds source's Kalvin Phillips update

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips is not good enough to play for Man City.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the midfielder’s potential exit from Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (13 June), City have made a bid to sign Phillips, 26, with Leeds understood to be open to selling for around £50million.

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.

When asked if Phillips is good enough to be a regular starter for Man City, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “I don’t think so.

“It will be a different way of playing for Pep and for Phillips. Man City attack that much that it is rare the defence has to do any defending.

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“Is he a Man City player? He is a good player, don’t get me wrong. But is he ready? I think he has an injury problem.

“If you are going to spend that much money on someone then you need more than 20 league games out of them.

“I think he would be better suited to signing for West Ham if Declan Rice leaves.

“If he goes to Man City he won’t get a game, then he will want to leave. There is no doubting the boy’s ability but I don’t see him as a Man City player.”

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.

In other news, one pundit claims Leeds United are the real winners after an update on Tottenham bid to sign Raphinha.