Kalvin Phillips admitted feeling “useless” and “sad” at Manchester City but is enthusiastic about his new journey at West Ham.
After enjoying seven successful years at his boyhood club Leeds, Phillips made a significant move to Manchester City in July 2022 for a reported £42 million ($52m).
Despite harboring ambitions of becoming a regular starter under manager Pep Guardiola, Phillips struggled to secure consistent playing time during his 18-month stint at the Etihad Stadium.
With only five starts and 26 substitute appearances across all competitions, the midfielder admitted to feeling “useless” due to his lack of involvement.
Phillips told Club’s official club media: “The one thing that I wanted when I left Man City in January was to be back playing and to be enjoying myself playing football as well. When you don’t play football for so long, you kind of feel a little bit useless because you’ve not been doing anything. So, for me, it was just more coming to a good club with good fans and just enjoying my football again.
“I was very sad when I knew that my next step had to be to move on, but I got over that quite quickly and was just more excited than anything to get down here and see the place and see how London is, which is very busy. I was very excited to get going.”
Kalvin Phillips could not find a place for himself in Manchester City
The English midfielder is excited to work with David Moyes, who has already outlined a well-defined blueprint for Phillips to follow.
He added: “I’m just here to do a defensive job and hopefully chip in with a few more goals.
“I look at myself and I’m a confident player and training with the best players in the world does rub off on you. I’m excited to get going and have a few games under my belt. We’ve got very exciting wingers and very exciting strikers and forward players. There was obviously speculation two years ago and how for the past two years West Ham have wanted to sign me and I think the kind of person that I am, I kind of wanted to give David Moyes and myself the opportunity to try and work together for West Ham and hopefully we’ll go on to do good things.
Kalvin Phillips added: “I think we’re climbing towards the Champions League spots as a club. I think, with the pedigree of the players that we have got and how well we’ve been performing, we’re not going to drop below what they’ve done in the first half of the season. When everyone is fit, this team can cause anyone real problems.”
Phillips debuted for West Ham against Bournemouth earlier this month and is eager to quickly secure his spot in manager Moyes’s starting lineup.
The Hammers will next host Arsenal on Saturday, and the midfielder aims to deliver an impressive performance against Mikel Arteta’s team to win over both the fans and his manager.