What Kalvin Phillips has said about Man City amid Everton transfer link and Pep Guardiola comments

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Everton are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips on loan.

The 28-year-old has struggled badly in recent seasons since arriving at the Etihad from Leeds United in July 2022. Phillips made just 20 appearances across all competitions in 2023/24 with half of those coming during a difficult loan spell at West Ham.

And now reports have emerged claiming that the Toffees could be looking to bring Phillips to Goodison Park as he seeks a much-needed reboot. The defensive midfielder was honest on why he left City on loan in January after hoping to earn a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad - something which has failed to happen.

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Reflecting on his ill-fated time at City, Phillips said: "I definitely wouldn't have been at this summer's Euros if I hadn't moved in January. I spoke to England boss Gareth Southgate about a few teams a month before the January window and he influenced me to stay in the Premier League rather than go abroad.

“I thought West Ham was the right place to go. You see the quality of the players with England, they are playing week in, week out. I wanted that same feeling of playing regularly, otherwise there was definitely a chance somebody else would play instead of me and that would be gut-wrenching. I wanted to give myself the best chance of making the Euros."

Phillips had previously spoken about his upset at being publicly criticised by Pep Guardiola last season for returning from the 2022 World Cup 'overweight', and has repeated his frustrations at the incident in his latest interview.

Clearing things up, he said the matter was a 'miscommunication' and he would have returned to City earlier after the tournament had he been informed of Guardiola's intentions.

"Pep was frustrated I didn't come back into training early but it was just a miscommunication between the people at City and myself," he said, adding that the comments were a turning point in his City career.

"Pep wanted me to come in the day after we finished the tournament and be involved in friendlies and stuff. I got told to be back on a certain date and I was always going to go back earlier than that date anyway because I hadn't played that much for England during the tournament.

"I'd just recovered from my shoulder injury so Pep wanted me to come in the day after we finished the tournament so I could be involved in the friendlies. I never got that information because if he asked me to have been there, I would have been there."

'It was just a misunderstanding, he was very frustrated with me coming back 1.5kg over my target weight. 'It took a big knock on my confidence and how I felt at City. I just took it on the chin. Me being the right professional, I probably should have gone in the day after the tournament finished but it’s one of those things that you live and learn.”