Manchester City have completed the signing of midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds on a six-year contract.
Last month, City agreed a £42m base fee with Leeds for the England international, with the possibility of adding a further £3m in bonuses.
Phillips, who came through the youth ranks at Leeds, moves to the Etihad Stadium after making 235 appearances for his hometown club in the last eight seasons.
Phillips said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City.
“City have once again shown that they are the best team in the country with an incredible squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola, who is rightly considered the best in the world.
“Being able to play with Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff, as well as being part of such a fantastic team, is a prospect I’m super excited about.”
“City are a world-class club with world-class staff and facilities and it is a dream come true to join the club.”
Phillips is the fourth addition to City this summer after the signings of Erling Haaland, Stefan Ortega Moreno and Julián Álvarez.
Phillips rose to fame when Leeds won promotion to the Premier League in 2020 and established themselves in the top flight. He then played a key role for England when they reached the Euro 2020 final last year.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Kalvin to Manchester City.
“He is a player we have admired for a long time and, both domestically and internationally, he has shown his fantastic ability and quality in recent seasons.
“We think he will be a great addition to our team and complement our game perfectly.”
The move was also confirmed by Leeds, who thanked Phillips for his long service.
A statement read: “No words can thank Kalvin enough for his efforts while at the club and we wish him nothing but success in the future.
“Kalvin inspired so many people in the city, not only because of what he did in the field, but also because of the work he did in the local community.
“He will always be a champion at Leeds, remembered for playing his part in getting the club back where it belongs and he will always be welcome at Elland Road.”
Phillips released a further statement in which he paid tribute to Leeds, in particular managers Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch, and the fans.
He described Leeds as “one of the greatest clubs on Earth” and that playing for them was a dream and a privilege.
He wrote: “I cannot mention Leeds without mentioning one special person: Marcelo. The best manager I have ever met. He was a man who brought the club to life, gave the players and everyone involved in the club the belief that we were good.” him enough to return to the Premier League after 16 years.”
“And now Jesse, what an amazing manager you are, but what an even better person. You came to this club and gave every player confidence.
and believe in a very difficult season and that’s what kept us in the league.”
To the fans, he added: “I hope you understand my decision and accept that I just want to pursue my dreams and test myself against and with the best teams and the best players on the planet.
“When I was a kid I had so many dreams and still do… but playing for you guys was the one I will never forget. You are the best fans in the world.”
Leeds later announced the arrival of midfielder Darko Gyabi from City for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.
Mills: ‘Outstanding’ Phillips will take time to establish himself
Former Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills speaking to Sky Sports News:
“He’s an outstanding player. I think he’s going to come into his team, but I’ve said before that I’m not convinced he’s going to start every game. You have Rodri in that holding midfield role, it’s a very congested midfield as well. .
“His first season, I think he will have to work his way up in the team and that will not be easy.
“He’s still going to play 20-plus games next season, a bit like Raheem Sterling did this year. You have to accept at Manchester City that you’re going to be a squad player from time to time.”
“I think it’s a move that Phillips couldn’t turn down. He will now be playing Champions League football, competing for the Premier League and other trophies.”
“He’s at that stage in his career where it’s an opportunity that’s probably too good to be true, so he didn’t really have a choice. As much as he loves Leeds, he had to take it.”
‘Phillips could become a city legend’
Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford speaking to Sky Sports News:
“It’s a phenomenal deal for someone who’s come through the academy, it’s been nothing short of an incredible promotion.
“On the other hand, it’s frustrating from a Leeds perspective as we don’t want to see one of our own go. He’s been a one-club man, leading by example with his performances. It’s a shame to see him go. an amateur’s angle, but it’s an incredible opportunity and no one would begrudge him the move.
“It’s a huge deal for City, especially with Fernandinho leaving. They are replacing a living legend with another potential legend. I think it’s a brilliant deal from a City perspective.”
“I’m over the moon for him. He’s a lovely guy, a great lad. All the lads will be sad to see him go.”
Life after Raphinha and Phillips: What’s next for Leeds?
Sky sports news Senior reporter Tim Thornton examines what’s next for Leeds with stars Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips leaving the club this summer…
Leeds has been fully aware that these moves could happen for a while. They even learned last summer that Marcelo Bielsa could leave the club.
In January, they managed to fight off interest and keep Phillips and Raphinha and have been planning ever since. They have already made three signings this summer in Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen Y Mark Rock. Those players would have signed anyway, but now there’s money in the pot.
We expect Leeds to move quickly and bring new players to the club: another midfielder, a winger and a forward to play alongside Patrick Bamford, as Jesse Marsch likes to play with two up front.
Leeds paid £16m for Raphinha and will be looking to do the same by buying players early and developing them. That is the strategy. They won’t spend £60-70m on a player. They have identified targets, they know who they want, and they will move quickly to attract them.
If Leeds can get three more then they can argue it’s been a good window, even though they’ve lost two massive players.
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