Manchester City midfielder Calvin Phillips has revealed he telephoned former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa in tears to vent about his problems.
Calvin Phillips has revealed that he called former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa after being in tears over his poor performances with Manchester City last season. Phillips has struggled to make an impact since joining the Blues for £45m last summer. He only started four games in all competitions in his first season with the ยูฟ่าเบท team, with a shoulder injury hampering his development.
The England international was given a rare chance in City’s 3-1 win over Leicester City in April when Pep Guardiola brought him on as a substitute for Rodri in the 53rd minute. “ The only time I felt bad about the situation was when Man United City play against Leicester. and I went on the field for about half an hour But I was like scum,” he told Sky Sports News. “I remember coming home and I was so frustrated with myself that I started to cry.”
In an interview ahead of the premiere of his Prime Video documentary, Kalvin Phillips: The Road to City, he said he turned to Bielsa. The two had a strong bond during their four years together at Leeds. And the Argentinian was a great help in his time of need. “I took the phone and texted Marcelo Bielsa and asked if I could talk to him,” he said. “ He replied to me in about five hours. send me a message Instead he said: ‘Yes, I want to talk to you.’ So the interpreter called me and we called.
“It was good to talk. And he basically told me I had the ability. It is based on confidence and optimism. And since that conversation I’ve been as positive as possible. Going through that period and seeing the end of the season reward with the treble. It’s a good thing.” There has been some speculation linking Phillips to a move this summer. The signing of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea could create more competition for a position in midfield. But he insists he will stay and fight for his place in the team.
“I came to Manchester City to win trophies. and we won the trophy But I didn’t play as much as I wanted to play,” he said. “My intention was to be there. We just won the treble. So there’s no reason for me to leave. Except that I didn’t play. Of course I had to think about it. I can’t give 12 months and say I’m not playing so I’m leaving . team Hope I enjoy the off season. and work hard when I come back I had an injury as well but Man City have been amazing in helping me get fit.