The England midfielder will have to return to the Etihad in the summer as there is no option for West Ham to make the deal permanent. Phillips joined City from Leeds in a £45m deal in the summer of 2022, but his move to the English champions turned into a nightmare.
Despite this, he has been told by his manager that he can still have a big future at City. The manager expressed, “Yes, why not? He has to play to make me realize how wrong I was. For the guys who behave well, I don’t care. But these kinds of persons who help us in every training session and in the minutes he played, with that I always feel what could I do more. So hopefully, he can play regularly. And of course. Why not?”