Date: 22nd October 2023 at 5:55pm
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Manchester City moved top of the Premier League table after a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. 

Pep Guardiola’s side leapfrogged both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal after the win, although Spurs could return to top spot with a win over Fulham on Monday.

The Spaniard will be hoping that his side can retain the Premier League title this season, having completed a remarkable treble last term.

In the meantime, though, it appears that one of his players is likely to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

According to Fabrizio Romano, midfielder Kalvin Phillips could leave The Etihad in the new year.

The Italian journalist claims that both the player and the club deem it ‘very likely’ that he will depart in January, as he continues to struggle for game time in Manchester.

Phillips looks likely to leave Man City in January

Phillips, 27, joined City from boyhood club Leeds United last summer but has struggled for opportunities ever since making the move.

He has made just 26 appearances for the Citizens across all competitions, and is yet to start a Premier League game so far this term.

During fellow midfielder Rodri’s recent suspension, Guardiola opted to field Rico Lewis and Mateo Kovacic in midfield instead of Phillips, and he also substituted defender John Stones on ahead of him.

Romano claims that Phillips will fight to play as much as possible in the final weeks of 2023, but plans to ensure he plays regularly next year.

Despite falling out of favour at The Etihad, Phillips has remained a regular for England on the international stage.

He will, however, be keen to ensure he plays regularly next year in order to guarantee himself a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2024 in Germany.

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