Leeds fans greet Kalvin Phillips with savage chant after Pep Guardiola comments

Leeds United fans savagely sang “Kalvin Phillips he eats what he wants” in his first match back at Elland Road.

Pep Guardiola recently blasted the England international for returning from the World Cup ‘overweight’. He we jettisoned from Manchester City’s squad for their recent 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the League Cup and was an unused substitute for their 3-1 away victory over Leeds United.

Phillips departed Jesse Marsch’s side for City in a deal worth £45million last summer. And despite the fact he is a local lad who came through the ranks at Leeds and even captained the side, United fans did not go easy on Phillips.

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On numerous occasions, the Elland Road faithful sang songs about Phillips alleged weight issues at City. They sang, “Kalvin Phillips, he eats what he wants” from the stands.

They also sang “you’re too fat to play for Leeds” throughout the contest. Guardiola was remarkably blunt when he revealed his unhappiness about Phillips’ weight after the World Cup. The Catalan manager even went out of his way to state Phillips was “not injured” but was, in his eyes and scales, “overweight”.

Guardiola’s ruthless comments about the midfielder were criticised by Premier League legend Alan Shearer in the build-up to the contest at Elland Road. “I was surprised,” Shearer said as part of Amazon's coverage of City's clash with Leeds on Wednesday night.

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“I don't know why he said it – I'm guessing there must have been a reason. Maybe embarrass him to a certain extent – has he been disappointed in his attitude?

“Whether he's firing something back at him. It hasn't gone as well as one would hope – whether that be for injury or some other reason. There must be a reason.”

Phillips has only played one minute of Premier League football since he joined the reigning champions.

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