Done: Manchester City Signs Kalvin Phillips In £45 Million Deal

On Monday, England midfielder Kalvin Phillips joined Premier League winners Manchester City in a £45 million ($53 million) deal from Leeds.

City agreed to pay Phillips an initial price of £42 million, with a further £3 million in possible incentives.

“I am incredibly thrilled to have joined Manchester City,” Phillips, who has signed a six-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s side, stated.

After the loss of long-serving Brazilian Fernandinho at the end of last season, Guardiola has chosen Phillips to reinforce his midfield.

City reached an agreement in principle to sign Phillips in June, and the transfer is now official.

Phillips, who came through the Leeds junior system, joins the Etihad Stadium after making 235 appearances for his hometown club in the previous eight seasons.

“City have once again demonstrated that they are the best team in the nation, with a magnificent squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola who is deservedly regarded as the best in the world,” Phillips added.

“Being able to play under Pep, learn from him and his coaching staff, and be a part of such a tremendous group is a prospect that I am quite pleased about.”

“City is a world-class club with world-class people and facilities, and joining the club is a dream come true.”


Phillips is City’s third close-season acquisition, after the arrivals of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Stefan Ortega from Arminia Bielefeld.

The 26-year-old came up through the Leeds development system and was instrumental in the club’s promotion back to the Premier League two years ago.
He went on to become an England international, appearing in the team’s journey to the European Championship final last year.
With the Phillips signing, City has shown their intention to retain the Premier League championship, after the blockbuster swoop for Haaland.

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Phillips’ arrival comes on the same day that City sold Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, while City forward Raheem Sterling has also been linked with a transfer to Chelsea.

“We are incredibly happy to be able to welcome Kalvin to Manchester City,” stated Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football.

“He is a player we have long respected, and he has demonstrated his outstanding skill and quality at both the local and international levels over the last few seasons.”

“We believe he will be an excellent addition to our club and will compliment our game wonderfully.”

Phillips was quick to credit former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa for his progression from an underutilised member of the Elland Road side to an England regular.

“I can’t think about Leeds without thinking of one unique individual – Marcelo.” I have never met a better manager. “He was a man who brought the club to life,” Phillips added.

 

“I hope you guys understand my choice and will accept that I simply want to follow my goals and challenge myself against and with the finest teams and best players on the globe,” Phillips addressed to his fellow Leeds fans.


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