Manchester City have been backed to resist temptations to make a move for Kalvin Phillips this summer – who would not benefit from a move to the Etihad anyway.

The Premier League champions are looking to fill the void left by long-serving club servant Fernandinho. The 37-year-old is set to return to native Brazil this summer after nine years in Manchester.

Pep Guardiola has been quietly tipped for a potential move for England international Phillips. The Leeds United lynchpin has been hailed for his heroics with club and country, but spent four months of last season sidelined with a hamstring injury as the Whites fought relegation.

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Despite a move to City being an attractive prospect, former Celtic and Aston Villa forward Alan McInally says Phillips has no real incentive to take up an offer. He explained that he doesn’t believe Guardiola will make a point for him anyway given Rodri’s calibre.

Speaking to Football Accumulators on ‘The Group Chat’ podcast, he said: “Is he a better player than Rodri? I’m not sure.

“He’s a wonderful, wonderful football player but I’m sorry I don’t see City going for him. With Rodri there I don’t see him being a starter, I genuinely don’t.

“We’re forgetting one huge point here. Leeds United are a Premier League football team. He got into the England team playing for Leeds United, and Leeds will want to make their squad stronger.”

He continued: “So does he have to move? Not particularly, because if he can play for Leeds, with the season they had, and still be involved with the England squad then there’s no real emergency to move.

“There will be teams who are wanting to try to get him away from Leeds but does he need to go? Not particularly, because he’s going to play every game as long as he’s fit at Leeds.”

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