After BVB star Erling Haaland, Manchester City signed the next best player. England international Calvin Phillips joins Pep Guardiola’s squad from Leeds United. Both clubs confirmed this on Monday morning. The 26-year-old defender Phillips has received a long-term contract with City for six years until 2028. The clubs have not provided any information on the midfielder’s transfer fee. According to media reports, City should be worth €49 million on top of a potential bonus payment of €3.5 million for England’s World Cup nominee.
“I am delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Phillips said in a statement on City’s website. “City have once again proven themselves to be the best team in the country with a great squad and a coach like Pep Guardiola, who is rightly considered one of the best in the world. To be able to play under Pep’s guidance, from him and his coaching the staff also learn and to be part of this great team is a possibility. I’m very excited about it.”
“Calvin is a player we have admired for a long time and he has shown outstanding ability and quality both nationally and internationally in recent seasons,” said sporting director Txiki Begiristain. “His vision, passing, energy and skill make him a tremendous talent and a player with an incredible will to win.”
Phillips was last used in all four Nations League matches with the Three Lions in early June. It seems that the international player will participate 23 times in the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year is certain. The strong defensive player has played 233 competitive matches for his youth club Leeds United since 2015 and has already received four red cards (one red yellow and three red). Can be responsible for the necessary durability English Premier League title holder.