Kalvin Phillips reveals the main reason behind the decision to sign for Man City | Soccer

Kalvin Phillips is Manchester City’s latest signing. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Kalvin Phillips says the main reason behind his move from hometown club Leeds United to Premier League champions Manchester City is his desire to improve as a player.

The 26-year-old has been signed by Pep Guardiola to strengthen City’s midfield after the departure of club captain Fernandinho, who joined Athletico Paranaense in Brazil after nine years with Eastlands.

With Rodri the only traditional midfielder in the City squad, Guardiola has been scrambling to sign one of the key players in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, with a £45million fee being enough to win him from Elland Road.

Phillips missed most of last season through injury as Leeds retained their Premier League status on the final day of the season and Guardiola is hoping the hamstring problem that kept him out between December and April has been fully resolved.

After being confirmed as City’s new number four, Phillips spoke about his determination to improve.

“It’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come to City to improve my game in many different ways,” Phillips told

“It’s hard for me to say right now how I’m going to play a role on the team because it’s very difficult to get into a team of eighteen superstars. I’m looking forward to getting to know the guys and getting my feet on the ground and working from there.

Phillips played a starring role in England’s run to the EURO 2020 final and is likely to play a key role in the national team’s forthcoming 2022 World Cup campaign in Qatar. The player insists he is determined to play in more flagship games like the EURO finals with his new club side.

“I played in the Euro final and to be honest the nerves didn’t really hit me when I played it, it was more after how big the game was,” added Phillips. “I deal with situations like this very well, I think I’m quite suited to play big games. I haven’t experienced many of them but hopefully I will this season.

Manchester City are refreshing their front line this summer. Having already sold Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, they are discussing a move to Chelsea for Raheem Sterling and have brought in Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

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