Kalvin Phillips set to return to Man City early in bid to reignite career after West Ham nightmare and Euro 2024 snub

Kalvin Phillips set to return to Man City early in bid to reignite career after West Ham nightmare and Euro 2024 snub

KALVIN PHILLIPS plans an early return to pre-season training at Manchester City in a bid to get his career back on track.

The midfielder has endured a nightmare couple of years since  a £45million move to the Etihad from Leeds.

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It cost him his place in the England squad — Phillips managed only 15 minutes of football from the start of April.

So he has indicated to his club he wants to be back at the City Football Academy a couple of weeks before boss Pep Guardiola and the other stars not on international duty this summer.

Fellow Three Lions outcast Jack Grealish posted on Instagram over the weekend he is spending his break getting in shape — and Phillips will do the same.

He started just two Prem matches — with four more in other competitions — during his first 18 months at City.

The 28-year-old then accepted a loan move to West Ham in a desperate attempt to keep his Euro 2024 hopes alive.

However that proved to be a disaster too, as he started just three league games — and got a red card in one of those at Nottingham Forest.

In early May, the temporary arrangement was cut short due to injury — meaning he returned to his parent club for treatment.

His hopes of forcing his way into the reckoning at City while Guardiola remains in charge appear slim — so another loan is the most likely outcome.

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Chelsea have held talks with Jonathan David’s representatives, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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But City embark on a pre-season tour of the USA on July 19 and if nothing is agreed before then, Phillips should be part of the travelling party.

And he will have been encouraged by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate saying last week that nobody has been able to take on the role Phillips plays for his country.

Phillips boasts 31 England caps  and knows he needs to be playing   regularly if he is to force his way back into  the international reckoning.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has joined Declan Rice at the base of England’s midfield in Germany.

But Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher is expected to take over for the final group game against Slovenia.

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