Coach Pep Guardiola has no intention of blocking Calvin Phillips’ transfer.
Phillips was once the best third-line midfielder in England. He enjoyed his heyday at Leeds United, was selected to the England national team, and played a leading role in the runner-up team at Euro 2020. Although he is not particularly tall, he boasts excellent defensive skills, high activity rate, and a wide range of activities, showing off a fantastic chemistry with Declan Rice.
Thanks to this performance, he transferred to Manchester City ahead of the 2022-23 season. Although there was a regular starter named Rodri, his backup resources were essential as the team had to play a tight schedule. Coach Guardiola highly valued Phillips’ ability and paid a considerable transfer fee.
However, Phillips never established himself at Manchester City. Due to frequent injuries, he was rarely able to play, and naturally the burden on Rodri increased. Even during his rehabilitation, because he did not take care of his body properly, his weight increased and he was labeled ‘fat’ locally. This season, Phillips has been struggling to improve his form. While it is urgent to relieve Rodri’s burden, Manchester City is suffering from Phillips’ stagnant growth.
Here, transfer rumors even surfaced. Several teams looking to strengthen their midfield are keeping an eye on Phillips. Tottenham Hotspur is a representative example. With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg expected to leave, Phillips was selected as his replacement. According to British media ‘Team Talk’, Tottenham is said to be planning to recruit Phillips during the January transfer window in preparation for Hojbjerg’s departure. The fact that Sarr and Bissouma are highly likely to be selected for the Africa Cup of Nations in January also added weight to the transfer rumors.
Juventus is also monitoring Phillips’ situation. Juventus is expected to lose power as Paul Pogba is expected to be recently suspended due to betting charges. Accordingly, they are looking to recruit a replacement during the winter transfer market and have selected Phillips as one of the candidates.토스카지노 주소
Rumors of Phillips’ transfer continue to emerge. Coach Guardiola expressed his stance that if the player decides to leave, he will not stop him. According to British media outlet The Guardian, he said: “If he decides (to leave), so be it. If there is no agreement, he stays. He is the most generous player I have ever seen. Honestly, I don’t want to praise a player who doesn’t play. “Other players cause problems in the locker room, but he’s the complete opposite.”
He added: “Every time he goes to the national team, I become the happiest person in the world. If he plays, it’s a big help to me. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Phillips. No one knows.”