Spotted: Kalvin Phillips arrives in Manchester City kit as Leeds United star exits, Sky pundit reacts

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Leeds United are suffering a “huge loss” with Kalvin Phillips leaving Elland Road to join Manchester City, according to Paul Robinson.

The Daily Mail reported on Friday (1 July) that Phillips, 26, has arrived for a medical with the Citizens with the newspaper sharing images of the England midfielder in the training kit of the Premier League champions.

Leeds are understood to be receiving £45million for the Yorkshire Pirlo but Robinson worries that his former club will struggle to replace him

“It’s a huge loss for Leeds and I think it’s a gap they’ll struggle to fill,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He’s been a fantastic player over the seasons but you can’t deny him an opportunity like this when a club like Manchester City comes along.

Leeds are lightyears behind them with where they are in the league. You’re talking about a club that’s challenging for the Champions League – a club that’s more than likely to win the Premier League again.

You can’t begrudge a player like Kalvin to go there.

One saving grace from a Leeds point of view is that Manchester City are not Manchester United.

The opportunity to stay in the Premier League and enhance his reputation and international career is massive for him.

He goes with best wishes and if you look at it realistically from a player’s point of view, at his age, he’s not going to get this move again for three or four years.

It’s an opportunity for him to go and test himself at the highest level, which he’s more than capable of doing.

Phillips will leave a huge gap in that midfield, one that couldn’t be filled last year when he was injured.

They’ll do well to fill it.

They’ve signed Marc Roca with the knowledge Kalvin is going but I don’t think that he’s a player of that quality and that experience. He may well prove to be but it’s going to be a struggle.”

Phillips leaves Leeds having made 233 appearances for the club in all competitions.

He’s also earned 23 caps for England and won the Three Lions’ player of the year award for 2021.

In other Leeds United news, documents have been exchanged for this player to leave Leeds after two weeks of going back and forth.