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“I’ll come back as fit as possible” – Kalvin Phillips To Stay Even After A Nightmare Debut Season For Manchester City

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Since his move from Leeds United to Manchester City last summer, Kalvin Phillips has not fully established himself at the Etihad Stadium. The Midfielder acknowledges that he has not made the desired impact during his debut season with Manchester City, but he remains determined to make his mark at the club.

The Injury-Hit Campaign Of Kalvin Phillips

Having signed a six-year contract and commanding a fee of £42 million, Phillips arrived at City with high expectations. He was brought in to compete with Rodri for the defensive midfield role following Fernandinho’s departure from the Etihad Club. However, things haven’t gone according to plan for the 27-year-old as the England international has endured a challenging time in his first season at the Etihad Stadium. His campaign was marred by injuries, limiting his playing time to 503 minutes across 20 matches.

Until the recent 1-0 victory over Chelsea, Phillips had not started a Premier League match, and it came in a game that held little significance as City had already secured the Premier League title, leading to wholesale changes made by Pep Guardiola.

Kalvin Phillips of Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Kalvin Phillips of Manchester City is challenged by Conor Gallagher of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on May 21, 2023, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Phillips On His Future At Manchester City

Despite these difficulties, the 27-year-old remains fully committed to the club and has no intention of seeking a departure. He expressed his desire to continue with Manchester City and emphasized his ambition to win more trophies with the team. Despite a disappointing debut season, the midfielder’s determination to contribute to the club’s success remains unwavering.

In an interview with BBC, Phillips expressed his aspirations: “I came here to win trophies and play football. I’ve not done as much as I’d like to this season. Next pre-season, I’ll try and come back as fit as possible, and hopefully, I can be similar to the likes of Rodri and Gundogan, who are very important to the team and undroppable.”

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