13 Oct Source: Phillips to consider Man City exit in Jan.
Phillips decided to stay and fight for his place over the summer, despite struggling to break into Pep Guardiola’s team in his first season at the Etihad.
Phillips was signed in a £43 million ($52.5m) deal from Leeds United in 2022 to compete for a place with Rodri, but with the Spain international serving a ban for the games at Molineux and the Emirates, Phillips was left on the bench.
He has started just once this season in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup and has started just two Premier League games in his City career — both of which came at the end of last season after Guardiola’s team had already been crowned champions.
A source has told ESPN that, with Rodri available again and City out of the Carabao Cup, Phillips fears opportunities will be limited between now and the January transfer window.
He is desperate to keep his place in the England squad ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany next summer and although he is been selected for games against Australia and Italy during October’s international break, he has been advised by manager Garath Southgate that his situation would be improved by playing regularly.
Guardiola is unlikely to stand in Phillips’ way if he makes it clear he wants to leave in January. A loan move is the most likely outcome ahead of talks over his long-term future next summer.