Guardiola is ‘hoping’ The Man City flop goes after the club gave the move to Fulham the OK and asked for more offers.
A story says that Fulham has reached out to Manchester City about Kalvin Phillips and that the club is willing to sell him if he wants to leave.
Phillips spent most of his first season with Man City, which he joined from Leeds United last summer, sitting on the bench. But he stayed to give himself a second chance to show Pep Guardiola what he could do, even though he could have left in the summer.
Football Transfers says that Fulham got in touch with Phillips at the end of the summer transfer window, when they thought they might lose Joao Palhinha to Bayern Munich.
But their plan to sign him on the last day of the transfer window fell through because Palhinha’s leave fell through and Phillips wanted to fight for his spot at the Etihad Stadium.
Even so, the story says Guardiola gave Phillips the go-ahead to join Fulham and is still “hoping” he moves on soon so he can find another midfielder to back him up.
Man City’s engine room got stronger this summer when they got Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea and Matheus Nunes from Wolves. This helped make up for Ilkay Gundogan going to Barcelona and Kevin De Bruyne getting hurt.
After loaning Maximo Perrone to Las Palmas in the summer, they may be looking for another defender to fight with Rodri. Maximo Perrone was signed in January, but he was loaned out to Las Palmas in the summer.
It’s still not clear if Fulham will try again to sign Phillips during the winter transfer window. TEAMtalk has already shown that Bayern could make a second offer for Palhinha. This is already thought to be the case.
Again, though, any interest in Phillips in the future will depend on whether or not he wants to move. He still has to work for Man City until 2028.
Phillips is about to get some rare chances while Rodri serves his three-game suspension. The 27-year-old could even start when Guardiola’s team plays Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Guardiola says Phillips is a “lovely person” and tells us what his best trait is.
Guardiola talked about Phillips at his press conference before the game on Tuesday. He said, “He decided to stay. The club talked with him, and even though he might not have played much, he wanted to stay.”
“He’s about to become a dad, so he wanted to stay here. It’s fine, it’s fine. He’s a great guy.”
He also said, “Players are different. We brought Kalvin here because of how good he is. In football, there are no twins. Each player has his or her own attitude and skills.
“Marcelo [Bielsa] made Kalvin the best he’s ever been. I wish I could have done what Marcelo did for Kalvin.
“Whatever it is, it is. We have a certain way of playing, and sometimes they have trouble with a few things, but he did everything perfectly in the last game.
“His best trait is that he is always willing to learn and open to new ideas. This is what we will try to do for him.”
Phillips will be making just his 25th start for Man City when he plays against Newcastle.