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Guardiola sorry for Phillips overweight jibe

Published : Wednesday, 21 February, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 131

LONDON, FEB 20: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has apologised to Kalvin Phillips for saying the England midfielder was "overweight" when he returned from the 2022 World Cup.
Guardiola made the comment in a press conference in December 2022 after leaving out Phillips for a League Cup tie against Liverpool.
Phillips, who left City to join West Ham on loan in January this year, took Guardiolas comment to heart following the tournament in Qatar.
"After the World Cup was probably the toughest, when Pep came out and said I was overweight. I did not disagree with him but obviously I took a big knock on my confidence and how I felt at City," he said recently.
Asked on Monday if he regretted going public about Phillips weight, Guardiola said: "Yeah, Im sorry.
"Once in eight years is not bad. But Im so sorry. I apologise to him. I do apologise. Im sorry." Phillips has endured a miserable time at City since signing from Leeds in 2022 at a time when he was regarded as one of Englands emerging stars.    —AFP

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