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Man City sign Phillips from Leeds on six-year deal

Kalvin Phillips has signed for Man City from Leeds United in a deal reportedly worth up to £45million.

Man City, who had already signed striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, were in the market for a holding midfielder to complement Rodri after Fernandinho confirmed he would be leaving the Premier League champions after nine years with the club.

Phillips was identified as the ideal replacement, and City has moved quickly to sign the England international.

He has penned a six-year contract.

Last month, City and Leeds had agreed to a fee of £42m plus a further £3m in add-ons.

Monday was the official confirmation of the move.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said:

“Kalvin is a player that we have long admired at both domestic and international levels.

“He has proved his fantastic ability and quality over the past few seasons.

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Man City sign Phillips from Leeds on six-year deal

“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 great will to win.

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

“Everyone here is looking forward to watching Kalvin play and develop even further over the next few years.”

Phillips came through Leeds’ academy and helped the Whites back into the Premier League under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa after a 16-year absence from the top flight.

The 26-year-old was an integral part of Leeds’ success in their first season back in the big time, making 29 appearances as Bielsa’s side finished ninth, and the midfielder went on to start every game for England at Euro 2020, with Gareth Southgate’s team losing to Italy on penalties in the final.

However, Phillips’ impact was limited in the 2021-22 season as he struggled with injury. He returned for the run-in as Leeds – under Bielsa’s replacement Jesse Marsch – managed to stave off relegation.

Despite only playing 20 league games, he ranked third in ball recoveries (180) among Leeds outfield players while recording the sixth most tackles (54).

Meanwhile, he hopes to help Pep Guardiola’s side retain the league title and deliver the club’s first Champions League crown after a disappointing final and semi-final defeats in the past two years.

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