Pep Guardiola Apologises To Former City Player Over His 2022 Comment

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has apologised for the comment he made about the weight of Kalvin Phillips now on loan at West Ham United after his failed attempt to get into City’s starting lineup.

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Kalvin was bought from Leeds United in 2021 as a backup for Rodri in the heart of City midfield, but the Englishman failed to impress Pep Guardiola enough to be trusted with a spot in the lineup even when Rodri was not available.

Despite his lack of playing time, he was selected to represent England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and when he returned after the competition, Pep Guardiola complained about his overweight body.

To Phillips, the way Pep did the talking reduced his confidence and even got his mum angry.

“After the World Cup was probably the toughest when Pep came out and said I was overweight”, adding: “I did not disagree with him but obviously I took a big knock on my confidence and how I felt at City,” Kalvin told the Observer during an interview early this month.

Guardiola was asked at a press conference on Monday if he regretted going public about Phillips’ weight, and he said: “Yeah, I’m sorry.

“Once in eight years is not bad. But I’m so sorry. I apologise to him. I do apologise. I’m sorry.”

The Catalan said he had spoken about the weight to Phillips before his public comment. Nevertheless, he was sorry for making him angry.

“I never, never before I said something here did not speak with the players in that case,” Pep Guardiola said, speaking ahead of the Premier League match with Brentford at the Etihad on Tuesday.

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