Manchester City have signed Leeds midfielder Calvin Phillips.



Manchester City have signed Leeds midfielder Calvin Phillips for £45m ($53m), the Premier League champions confirmed on Monday.

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City have agreed an initial fee of £42m for England with another £3m to be added in possible bonuses.

Phillips, who has signed a six-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s team, said: “I’m very happy to be joining Manchester City.

Guardiola chose Phillips to shore up the midfield following the departure of longtime Brazilian Fernandinho at the end of last season.

City agreed to a deal in principle to sign Phillips in June and the transfer is now officially complete.

Phillips, who went through a youth career at Leeds, moves to the Etihad Stadium after making 235 appearances for his hometown club over the past eight seasons.

City have proven once again that they are the best team in the country with an amazing squad and a coach in Pep Guardiola who is rightfully considered the best in the world,” said Phillips.

“The opportunity to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff and be part of such a fantastic team is an opportunity that I am incredibly excited about.

City are a world class club with world class staff and equipment and it is a dream come true to join the club.”

Phillips became City’s third player at the end of the season after signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno.

The 26-year-old has worked his way through the youth ranks at Leeds and played a key role in their return to the Premier League two years ago.

He continued to establish himself as an England international by taking part in the European Championship final last year.

After the blockbuster for Haaland, City reiterated their determination to retain the Premier League title with a deal with Phillips.

Phillips’ arrival came on the day that City sold Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, and City striker Raheem Sterling was also linked with a move to Chelsea.

“We are delighted to welcome Calvin to Manchester City,” City Director of Football Cheeky Begiristain said.

“This is a player we have long admired and both nationally and internationally he has proven his fantastic ability and quality over the past few seasons.

“We feel he will be a great addition to our team and a great addition to our game.”