Pep Guardiola has stated that if it hadn’t been for Kalvin Phillips’ decision, Manchester City might have sold him this summer.
Speaking to the press (BeanymanSports) ahead of his team’s forthcoming match against Newcastle United, he commented on the £42 million (The Athletic) player.
While confirming that Kalvin Phillips will start on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola also disclosed that he may have departed Manchester City.
According to Pep Guardiola, Kalvin Phillips may have left Manchester City this summer.
The Catalan manager described the 27-year-old as “intelligent,” but he has struggled since joining the English giants last summer.
Despite winning the treble in his debut season, the Englishman was on the outside looking in, starting only two Premier League games.
Pep Guardiola has now stated that Kalvin Phillips could have spoken his final goodbyes to Manchester City.
“He decided to stay, the club spoke with him and for the fact that maybe he had not much minutes and he wanted to stay” , he stated.
“He is about to become a father, so he wanted to stay here.” It’s fine; it’s wonderful. He’s a wonderful individual.”
Kalvin Phillips must perform admirably against Newcastle.
With Pep Guardiola ready to start the dynamic midfielder against Newcastle, this is his chance to save his Manchester City career.
Rodri is set to return from suspension and do what he does best: walk into the side.
Meanwhile, Phillips has an opportunity to establish himself as a regular first-team member.
And, if he looks the part, the former Leeds talisman might turn heads against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.
If not, it is unlikely that Guardiola will start Phillips against Wolves, let alone against Arsenal, and it is unlikely that he will receive much of a chance until the conclusion of the season.