Kalvin Phillips says Pep Guardiola ‘overweight’ comment was the ‘toughest moment’ of his career – and reveals his mum was fuming with Man City boss

Phillips was a bit-part player during his time at City and made just 31 appearances for the treble winners, with just two starts coming in the Premier League. He has now lifted the lid on his lowest moment at the club - when Guardiola publicly claimed he could not train because he had returned from the Qatar World Cup "overweight", leaving both the midfielder and his family distraught.

He told The Times: “After the World Cup was probably the toughest [moment], when Pep came out and said I was overweight. He was right to do so, but there are different ways to go about it. 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.”

He added: “She got frustrated when I was at City, she didn’t come to watch as much."


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