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Kalvin Phillips reveals his feelings about Guardiola’s weight comment

Kalvin Phillips has revealed that he lost his confidence after Pep Guardiola made an “overweight” comment about him in public.

Phillips failed to earn Guardiola’s trust after joining Manchester City in 2022 and made just 31 appearances for them. The 28-year-old English midfielder joined West Ham on a loan deal in January.

Guardiola criticised Phillips for his physical situation after he returned from World Cup overweight.

In an interview with The Times, Phillips revealed Guardiola’s comment was the toughest moment of his Manchester City spell.

After the World Cup was probably the toughest [period], when Pep came out and said I was overweight… He was right to do so but there are different ways to go about it,” Phillips said.

I did not disagree with him but obviously I took a big knock on my confidence and how I felt at City. And my family were not happy about it, either. Especially my mum.

It was just a misunderstanding and I think he was very frustrated with me coming back 1.5kg over my weight target.”

West Ham will face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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