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OFFICIAL: Man city completes Phillips deal

Manchester City have completed the signing of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips for £45m.

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The 26-year-old England international has signed a six-year deal with the Premier League champions.

Manchester City will pay an initial £42 million ($52m) fee for Phillips, with Guardiola’s side expected to potentially shell out up to another £3m ($3.7m) in add-ons.

Speaking on the move, Phillip said: “It is a good feeling to get everything sorted and I am officially a Manchester City player which I am really happy about. I think over the past few years at Leeds I have done really well and obviously got into the England squad and did really well there.

“I am very appreciative of what I have done at Leeds and everyone I have been around, so I just want to test myself in the next step with good players with an unbelievable work ethic and an unbelievable manager as well.”

“I am absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City. City have again proved to be the best team in the country,”

“To be able to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff as well as be part of such a fantastic squad is a prospect that I am incredibly excited about.”

“Man City are a world-class club with world-class staff and facilities and it’s a dream come true to have joined the club. Now I can’t wait to get started and to look to try and help the team to go on and achieve more success.”

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain added: “His reading of the game, alongside his passing ability, energy and drive make him a formidable talent and he is a player who has a fantastic will to win.

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“We feel he will be a superb addition to our squad and that he will complement our game perfectly.”

Phillips, who made 235 appearances over eight seasons at Elland Road, still had two years left on his Leeds deal.

He becomes Pep Guardiola’s third summer signing after the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Stefan Ortega Moreno. 

Phillips made his international debut in September 2020 and was named England men’s Player of the Year for 2020-21, having played every game at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

A key player under former boss Marcelo Bielsa, Phillips played 37 times in the Championship during the 2019-20 season when Leeds were promoted to the Premier League after 16 years away.

The England international will wear No.4 for the English champions, having previously donned No.23 for Leeds.

He will be the first player to wear No.4 for Man City since their heroic former captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club in 2019.

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