Pep Guardiola apologises profusely to the Manchester City treble winner as his January departure approaches.
Kalvin Phillips, a midfield player for Manchester City who is thinking about quitting the team in January, has received an apology from manager Pep Guardiola.
The 28-year-old, who has only made one start for Manchester City this season, is still in danger of losing out on a spot at the European Championship this summer.
The Englishman overcame a string of chronic injury problems, but he still finds himself out of favour at Etihad Stadium. Last season, he made only four starts.
With the treble-winners last season, Phillips played in just 21 games, logged fewer than 600 minutes, and made just two starts in the Premier League.
Even though the midfielder signed a six-year contract with Manchester City for £42 million after leaving Leeds United, he did not make his official Premier League debut until a match against Chelsea in May.
When City Xtra disclosed that more than fifteen European clubs had expressed interest in signing the England international, the 28-year-old decided not to leave the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer season.
With Tottenham, Newcastle, and Juventus all rumoured to be interested in signing the midfield player, Phillips appears destined to leave the treble-winning team next month.
Before Sunday’s trip to Luton Town, Guardiola apologised to Phillips for not playing enough minutes, which raised more questions over his future.
“I’m so sorry,” the Catalan apologised.
“I’m not sure what lies ahead for Kalvin Phillips. He has a nice character, and I regret not selecting him. I choose a team after visualising my group.