Fabio Capello has recently made remarks about Kalvin Phillips, indicating that the 27-year-old’s performance has deteriorated since his transfer from Leeds United to Manchester City. These comments have emerged in the midst of ongoing speculation linking Phillips to a potential move to Juventus, a club that holds a special place in Capello’s heart.
While reports have suggested that Juventus has designated Phillips as their top priority, Capello expressed a clear preference for the Italian side to pursue Domenico Berardi rather than Phillips or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Tottenham. This preference underscores Capello’s belief in a decline in Phillips’ abilities.
Capello’s statement highlights that during his time at Leeds United, Phillips was once recognized as a complete midfielder.
However, concerns about his development have surfaced, as he has had limited opportunities to play since joining Manchester City, with just two Premier League starts to his name. This limited involvement has raised questions about Phillips’ career progression, despite receiving valuable coaching under Pep Guardiola over the past 18 months.
In a surprising turn of events, despite Guardiola’s decision to rest Rodri, whom he often praises in relation to Phillips, the Yorkshire-born player was not granted a starting position in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League victory over BSC Young Boys. Instead, Guardiola opted for Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes, both of whom were signed in the summer from Chelsea and Wolves, respectively.
In our perspective, this decision might be interpreted as a message to Phillips, suggesting that, as things currently stand, his tenure at Manchester City may be coming to a close.