‘Had a tough time’… Gary Lineker says one Man City player has made a very smart decision 


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Published on 2024-01-26 13:00:00

Former England footballer and sports pundit Gary Lineker has praised Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips for joining West Ham United on loan. The move was announced earlier today, with Phillips expected to play for the east London club until the end of the season.

Lineker expressed his approval of the loan move, describing it as a standout signing in the current transfer window. He emphasized that Phillips, who has struggled to secure a regular place in the Manchester City team, needs to gain more playing time before the upcoming Euros. Lineker also highlighted that England manager Gareth Southgate has demonstrated strong loyalty to Phillips, despite the midfielder’s limited game time at City. Phillips’ loan to West Ham presents an opportunity for him to showcase his talent and earn a place in England’s squad for the European Championship.

Since his transfer from Leeds United to Manchester City in 2022, Phillips has played in only 31 games in all competitions, starting just six of them. On the eve of Phillips’ departure, Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola expressed his gratitude for the midfielder’s professionalism and character, wishing him all the best for his loan spell at West Ham and expressing hope that Phillips will return to the club next season.

The move to West Ham signifies a new chapter in Phillips’ career, as he seeks regular playing time and the opportunity to impress on the field. His departure from Manchester City has been amicable, as evidenced by Guardiola’s positive remarks and the club’s support for Phillips’ decision to leave in search of more playing opportunities.

The loan deal with West Ham offers Phillips the chance to reignite his career and prove himself in a new environment. Lineker’s endorsement of the move acknowledges the potential it holds for Phillips and highlights the significance of his development as an integral part of the England national team. With this move, Phillips has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the field and potentially secure a place in England’s squad for the upcoming European Championship.

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