Man City: Phillips does not want to quit after Leeds United link

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

27th Mar, 2023 | 1:30pm

Sources: Kalvin Phillips does not want to quit Man City after Leeds United twist

Man City have no plans to sell Kalvin Phillips this summer despite his disappointing first season at the club, sources have told Football Insider.

The 27-year-old has been linked with long-term admirers West Ham and a return to former club Leeds United in recent weeks.

But it is believed that Phillips wants to remain at Man City as he is determined to break into Pep Guardiola’s side – despite his lack of impact at the Etihad Stadium thus far.

The midfielder’s lack of club action has not yet affected his selection for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Phillips completed 90 minutes as the Three Lions ran out 2-1 winners in Euro 2024 qualifying away at Italy last week (23 March).

The clash in Naples marked just the second time he has completed the full match distance this season – the only other time coming for Man City in FA Cup action against Bristol City.

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He has made 13 club appearances across all competitions this term, playing 342 minutes of football – and has started just twice.

Phillips’ involvement was limited due to a recurring shoulder injury which required surgery in September.

Guardiola also criticised the midfielder’s physical condition when he returned from the winter World Cup in Qatar, publicly condemning him for being “overweight”

The reported £42million signing has struggled to surpass City favourites Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order, while youngster Rico Lewis has also been deployed as a defensive midfielder.

Phillips signed a six-year contract when he joined Man City last summer (2022) and earns a reported wage of £150,000-a-week at the club.

The Premier League champions are still in the fight to retain their crown this season – as well as add a first Champions League to their trophy cabinet.

City trail league leaders Arsenal by eight points and face a European quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich on 11 April.

In other news, Kieran Maguire raises “shameful” Man City concern after Uefa “collapse”.