Phillips and his great relationship with Marcelo Bielsa.
During his time at Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa was able to coach many of the figures who stand out in the Premier League today. Among these names stands out above all that of Calvin Phillipswho played eight seasons at the Yorkshire club but recently found his best version at the hands of Crazywhich transformed his position and role on the team.
His projection, rarely seen, led him from playing for the league to joining the England national team within months. This Monday, his big leap into one of the most important teams in Europe, the Manchester City. The operation was closed 58 million eurosbut the news goes the other way.
And it is that Phillips, in the midst of his emotional farewell to the club that was able to form him, could not forget to dedicate a few words to Marcelo Bielsa. The 26-year-old has confirmed his arrival at the club citizen and in the same text he referred to his passage through the peacockswith whom he played 235 games.
Regarding Rosario DT, the midfielder who signed with City for the next six years wrote: “I cannot mention Leeds without mentioning a special person, Marcelo. The best coach I’ve ever met. Not only did you give everything to the club, but you also gave me everything I needed to become the person I am today, on and off the pitch. “.
Bielsa, during his stay in Leeds. Photo: EFE / EPA / PETER POWELL
Phillips and Bielsa’s paths crossed in June 2018, when Rosario took office in Leeds. Clearly there was optimism on both sides at the start of this new stage, but few thought the story would end like this, with the English club returning to the Premier League after 16 years and with Phillips established as one of the best midfielders in the world. . .
Something the midfielder revealed from the start is that the England Second Division was quite small for him, and the first to notice was Bielsa. Later, Gareth Southgate appeared, leading him to join the national team. Today, the one betting on Phillips is Pep Guardiolawho will have him at his disposal at Manchester City.
Guardiola closes his fourth reinforcement, and bets more. (REUTERS / Hannah Mckay)
In the statement, Phillips added: “I am very happy to join Manchester City. To be able to play with Pep and learn from him and his team, as well as being part of this fantastic team, is an incredibly exciting prospect. I look forward to continuing to challenge and learn from he.” the best coming.
The departure of Gabriel Jesus
In case some sort of confirmation is missing, the arrival of Phillips makes it clear that Manchester City for next season is serious. First, Julián Álvarez and Erling Haaland. Now the leader in Premier League steal statistics. The goal is set in the Champions League and Guardiola wants to continue adding hierarchy.
And just as there are several figures who will move to Manchester at the beginning of this semester, there are several players who will no longer play under the orders of the Spanish manager. One of them is Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian striker who in the last few hours has sealed his arrival at Arsenaland this gives the City a break in economic terms.
The 25-year-old striker will join the Gunners in exchange 52 million eurosand will sign a contract until 2027. This income, added to that of a Raheem Sterling who is one step away from wearing the Chelsea shirt, takes away a great weight from the “Citizens” thinking about the “financial fair play” that has so much conditioned in recent years.