Manchester City have completed the purchase of Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips for a reported fee of £45million, with the 26-year-old signing a six-year deal.
Having come through the ranks at Elland Road, Phillips amassed 234 appearances for his boyhood club since making his senior bow back in April 2015.
The midfielder was a key contributor as Leeds sealed promotion to the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign before thriving in the top flight, leading to international recognition.
Phillips has been capped 23 times by England boss Gareth Southgate and was influential in the Three Lions’ run to the UEFA Euro 2020 final last year, starting every game before being named England Men’s Player of the Year.
“I am absolutely delighted to have joined Manchester City,” Phillips told the club website. “City have again proved to the best team in the country with an amazing squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola who is rightly considered to be the finest in the world.
“To be able to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff as well as be part of a such a fantastic squad is a prospect that I am incredibly excited about.
“City are a world-class Club with world-class staff and facilities and it’s a dream come true to have joined the Club. Now I can’t wait to get started and to look to try and help the team to go on and achieve more success.”
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Kalvin is a player that we have long admired, and at both domestic and international level, he has proved his fantastic ability and quality over the past few seasons.
“His reading of the game, alongside his passing ability, energy and drive make him a formidable talent and he is a player who has a fantastic will to win. We feel he will be a superb addition to our squad and that he will complement our game perfectly.
“Everyone here is looking forward to watch Kalvin play and develop even further over the next few years.”