Man City will have no option but to allow Kalvin Philips to temporarily leave the team in search of a regular match after difficult months at the Etihad.
The Englishman joined Manchester City hoping to secure his place in the Starting eleven or perhaps be a regular backup option for Rodrigo. The plan did not go as planned as for midfielder failed to replace the Spanish in some matches. Kovacic and John Stones, including Rico Lewis have started ahead of him in the City midfield.
Therefore, Phillips has decided to seek more playing time in another club and West Ham United have emerged as the next destination for the midfielder.
While he was recently linked to a move to Newcastle United and Juventus, Philips will be joining David Moyes’ West Ham with the report stating that he will receive the same amount of £130,000-a-week salary he earns at Man City.
The Mirror reported that the deal is initially a loan until the end of the season but could be reviewed in the summer. It is believed that West Ham will sign him permanently in the summer following the report that Said Benrahma might be leaving the club this month as French clubs show interest.
The report further stated that Phillips is eager to leave Man City ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2024 as he hopes to keep his place in the England national team.
“We’d like him to be in a better rhythm,” England coach, Gareth Southgate once said while speaking about the lack of playing time of the midfielder at Man City.
If Phillips does leave, Guardiola has revealed City could dip into the transfer market and sign a replacement. “Kalvin is a player with us, I don’t want to anticipate absolutely anything,” he said when asked for an update on Phillips’ future.
“Everyone knows the situation he has. It depends if it happens. If it happens we talk. The market in January is not easy… We still have incredible things to play for, and after we decide.”