June 15, 2024

Kalvin Phillips may make a return to Manchester City in the upcoming summer transfer window, as no agreement for a permanent deal was reached with West Ham. The former Leeds player embarked on a loan to East London after experiencing an unusual and forgettable 18 months with the Premier League champions. During this period, Pep Guardiola showed a lack of trust in him, opting for Rodri, signing Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes, and promoting Rico Lewis from the academy.

Phillips sought a January move to secure his spot in the England squad for the upcoming European Championship, where Gareth Southgate views him as the second-best defensive midfielder after Declan Rice. In contrast to his limited role at City, Phillips has been a crucial asset to the national team.

Kalvin Phillips: West Ham and Man City agree loan deal for midfielder |  Football News | Sky Sports

West Ham has provided Phillips with an opportunity to rebuild his confidence, impressed by his performances at Leeds that earned him a move to City in 2022. Manager David Moyes, a long-time admirer, is eager to work with the 28-year-old. However, the future of their partnership beyond the summer remains uncertain. Despite earlier reports suggesting an option to buy in the loan deal, the Manchester Evening News indicates that no such provision exists. At the end of the season, Phillips will revert to being a City player, and West Ham will need to negotiate again if they wish to secure his permanent signature.

During a press conference on Thursday, Guardiola expressed his hope that Phillips receives the playing time he deserves at West Ham, acknowledging him as an exceptional human being and football player, evident in his inclusion in the national team.

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