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Phillips excited testing himself at Man City: I can handle big games

Kalvin Phillips is excited to be teaming up with fellow new signing Erling Haaland at Manchester City.

The England international arrives at the Etihad Stadium from boyhood club Leeds United, where he made just shy of 250 appearances since making his debut in April 2015.

“He's an amazing player. His goal record speaks for itself (and) his finishing is unbelievable," Phillips said of Haaland.

“He's played in a team that's done well as well when he's been there.

“I know that he's supposed to be a nice lad because Jude Bellingham told me a lot about him.

“I think he's just going to come into the league and hit off right where he finished with Dortmund, hopefully get us a few goals early and then he'll fly from there."

Meanwhile, Phillips pointed out that his desire to continue learning and improving was a key factor in his decision to make the switch from Elland Road.

“It's one of the main reasons I wanted to come to City, to improve my game in loads of different ways," Phillips said.

“It's hard for me to say right now how I'm going to play a role in the team because it's very difficult to come into a team of eighteen superstars.

“I'm looking forward to just getting to know the boys and getting my feet firmly on the ground and work from there.

“I did play in the Euros final and to be honest the nerves didn't really hit me when I was playing it, it was more after that how big the game was.

“I deal very well with situations like that, I think I'm pretty suited to playing big games.

“I've not experienced many of them but hopefully this season I will do."

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