Kalvin Phillips joins from Leeds United for £42m

By Ric Turner, Mon 04 July 2022 15:14

Kalvin Phillips joins from Leeds United for £42mEngland international handed six-year-deal that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2028

City have signed Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United for a fee believed to be in the region of £42m. The midfielder has signed a six-year deal that will see him stay at The Etihad until 2028.

Phillips made 234 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 14 goals, in his eight seasons at Elland Road. He made his England debut against Denmark in 2020, and became an integral part of Gareth Southgate's England side that reached the final of the European Championships.

City identified him as the long-term successor to Fernandinho, who left the club in the summer, and have given him the number 4 shirt.

“I am absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City,” Phillips said. 

“City have again proved to the best team in the country with an amazing squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola who is rightly considered to be the finest in the world. 

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

“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.” 

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Kalvin is a player that we have long admired, and at both domestic and international level, he has proved his fantastic ability and quality over the past few seasons. 

“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. 

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

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