Kalvin Phillips makes Newcastle United transfer demand with Juventus poised to move

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United continue to be linked with a move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips will reportedly seek guarantees over his playing time before deciding which club to join in January.

Phillips is expected to leave City just 18 months after arriving from Leeds United in a £42million deal having made just two Premier League starts in that time.

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In this campaign alone, Phillips has been restricted to 10 appearances with Pep Guardiola recently issuing a public apology.

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"I don't know what will happen [in January]," Guardiola said early this month. "I feel so sorry for my decisions for him, I said many times. He doesn’t deserve not to give him minutes.

"I'm so sorry. It’s him I am asking for good personality, good character, thinking about the end. This is a perfect example. After that I have to give him something, I didn’t do that. It’s just because I visualise something, I visualise the team and things, I struggle a little bit to see him, that’s all.

"It’s not because I am not pleased. I feel so sorry for him. It's a business, in the end I have to act professional. When I act… winning is a good decision and when we don’t win it is a bad decision.

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"But when a young guy behaves [badly], I don't care. The way he behaves with his mates, I care. Hopefully, he can turn around and I have said many times, I don’t know what will happen in January. If he stays I am more than pleased because he trains really good and he is a lovely guy."

Although Newcastle boss Eddie Howe recently denied reports that a loan deal is close to being agreed, it's understood his interest in the England international is genuine as he eyes a short-term replacement for the suspended Sandro Tonali.

But United face competition from Serie A giants Juventus. And according to the Daily Telegraph, Phillips will request guarantees over his playing time before selecting his next club.

As well as Tonali, Howe is currently without Joe Willock Elliot Anderson and Joelinton but the emergence of 17-year-old Lewis Moley could alter his transfer plans.

Phillips is hoping for regular football in order to seal a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for this summer's European Championships.

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