Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is likely to push for a loan exit in January, if his situation does not change.

So far in the 2023/24 season, it has been more of the same for Phillips.

On Saturday, he got his first minutes of the season against Fulham, coming on in the dying embers of the game.

He actually put in a nice cameo performance.

But prior to that game, Phillips had been warming the bench as usual.

His situation is difficult. He is way behind Rodri in the pecking order, and now City have signed the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes.

The likes of John Stones, Rico Lewis and now even Manuel Akanji can even play alongside Rodri in the midfield.

It’s not looking particularly good for Phillips and now a claim has been made about the England international…

Kalvin Phillips could leave Man City on loan in January

According to iNews today, Phillips’ situation is somewhat precarious.

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His future is described as ‘increasingly uncertain’.

The player actually had interest from Everton and Newcastle in the summer window. But Phillips has always been determined to make his City move work. And there is also a desire on City’s part to see things work out for a player that cost £45 million.

But it is stated that Phillips – described by City as ‘dedicated and talented’ – is likely to push for a move in January if his situation does not change.

The article suggests that Newcastle could perhaps come calling with their need for a number 6.

Phillips should have pushed for an exit on deadline day

It seems strange that Phillips did not seek to leave the club on deadline day.

His desire to make things work is very admirable.

But so far, Pep Guardiola still does not seem to trust Phillips.

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And now he’s got Kovacic and Nunes for competition, as well as the likes of Stones, Lewis and Akanji being played in central midfield on occasion.

We shall see what transpires, but it’s definitely hard to see things changing too dramatically for Phillips.

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