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Published: 1034 GMT July 04, 2022

Phillips seals ‘dream’ City move from Leeds

Phillips seals ‘dream’ City move from Leeds

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.

The England midfielder has joined for £42m plus add-ons on a six-year contract, the Guardian reported.

Philipps, who has spent his whole career at Leeds, is effectively the replacement for Fernandinho, who has left after nine years and returned to his native Brazil, signing for Athletico Paranaense.

Phillips is City’s third summer signing, after the forward Erling Haaland and the goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

The manager, Pep Guardiola, also hopes to bring in the left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton. The 22-year-old forward Julián Álvarez has also joined the squad after signing in January but staying at River Plate on loan.

Phillips described the move as a “dream come true” and said: “To be able to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff as well as be part of such a fantastic squad is a prospect that I am incredibly excited about.”

The 26-year-old, who will wear the No 4 shirt, told City TV: “I am very appreciative of what I have done at Leeds and everyone I have been around, so I just want to test myself in the next step with good players with an unbelievable work ethic and an unbelievable manager as well.”

Phillips made his international debut in September 2020 and was named England men's Player of the Year for 2020-21, having played every game at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

A key player under former boss Marcelo Bielsa, Phillips played 37 times in the Championship during the 2019-20 season when Leeds were promoted to the Premier League after 16 years away.

He spent a lengthy period on the sidelines last season due to a hamstring injury, making just 20 league appearances.

The 18-year-old midfielder Darko Gyabi is poised to join Leeds from City. On Monday Arsenal completed the signing of the forward Gabriel Jesus from City for £45m.


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