A Leeds United legend has explained how Kalvin Phillips could improve his game under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Reports have suggested that the Blues are weighing up a move for the England international this summer. City will be on the lookout for a central midfielder as Fernandinho brings to an end his nine-year stay in Manchester.

Phillips is also on the radar of City’s rivals Manchester United. Discussing Phillips’ potential move to the Etihad, John Giles claimed that Guardiola could help the Leeds man develop.

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He told Off the Ball : “They talk about him [Phillips] being a defensive midfield player, I think he could do a lot more with the ability that he has. I don’t think he has been asked to do it, I think his distribution is very good.

“When I see him hitting the long pass he is well able to do it with both feet, but I always get the impression that at Leeds he is a defensive midfield player and there is not any more expected of him. Whereas maybe going to City if he does go, Pep Guardiola will say ‘I expect more from you on the ball’, and I would as well.

“If I was his manager I would say to him ‘look, you have the ability, you have got to express yourself more, you have got to dominate more’. He has the ability to do it, but I don’t think he is being asked to do it at [Leeds] United.”



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