Pep Guardiola claims Kalvin Phillips was ‘overweight’ after the World Cup.


Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, claims that England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was “overweight” when he returned to training after the World Cup.

The 27-year-old was a surprise omission from City’s Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool on Thursday.

Guardiola initially explained that Phillips, who joined City from Leeds in July, was injured.

“He is not injured,” City manager Pep Guardiola later stated. He arrived chubby.”

“I don’t know,” Guardiola said when asked why.

“He didn’t arrive in good enough shape for the training sessions or to play.”

Phillips made two substitute appearances for England in Qatar after recovering from shoulder surgery, against Wales and Senegal.

He joined City for £45 million last summer but has only made one Premier League appearance this season, coming on as a late substitute against West Ham in August.

Guardiola responded, “Absolutely,” when it was pointed out that Phillips would have benefited from the best training and nutritional advice while on international duty.

Guardiola refused to elaborate on what he told Phillips about the situation, claiming it was a private conversation.

Phillips has made four appearances for City, all coming off the bench.

On November 9, he played in the EFL Cup against Chelsea.

Phillips’ availability to face old club Leeds on December 28 is unknown, but Guardiola says the 27-year-old will be welcomed back into his squad despite his disappointing time at City thus far.

“He’ll play when he’s ready,” he said. “We require him. We desperately need him.”

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