Phillips warned his first season at Man City ‘won’t be easy’ as pundit makes Sterling comparison

Date published: Saturday 25th June 2022 11:25 - Lewis Oldham

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Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been warned that his first season at Manchester City will not be “easy”.

Phillips has been a star performer for Leeds over the past few seasons both in the Premier League and Championship.

The centre-midfielder has also been a regular for England, playing the majority of their games at last summer’s European Championships.

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The 26-year-old has been identified as Pep Guardiola’s number one choice to replace Fernandinho.

On Friday, The Athletic’s David Ornstein revealed that City have ‘reached an agreement’ to sign the Leeds star for £45m.

Ex-Leeds player Danny Mills thinks Phillips will “play 20+ games” next season “like Raheem Sterling did” last term:

“He’s an outstanding player. I think he will go into their squad, but I’ve said previously that I’m not convinced he will start every game. You’ve got Rodri in that holding midfield role, it’s a very congested midfield as well,” Mills told Sky Sports.

“His first season I think he’s going to have to work his way into the team and that’s not going to be easy.

“He’s still going to play 20+ games next season – a little bit like Raheem Sterling did this year. You have to accept at Manchester City that you are going to be a squad player from time to time.

“I think it’s a move Phillips couldn’t turn down. He’s now going to be playing Champions League football, challenging for the Premier League and other trophies.

“He’s at that stage of his career where it’s an opportunity that is probably too good to be true, so he had no option really. As much as he loves Leeds, he had to take it.”

Meanwhile, Leeds United reportedly want £65m for Arsenal-linked Raphinha this summer:

Arsenal had their opening bid for Raphinha rejected on Wednesday with the Gunners expected to go back in with an improved offer.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano wrote in the Guardian that Arsenal ‘intend to push again to sign the Brazil international’ after seeing their first offer turned down.

He adds that Leeds ‘want far more than the £35m-£40m’ Barcelona wanted to give them to complete a deal earlier this month and are ‘likely to require at least £65m to convince them to sell’.


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