Revealed: Kalvin Phillips Manchester City shirt number

Kalvin Phillips Manchester City

Kalvin Phillips will wear the No.4 shirt at Manchester City after completing his move from Leeds United.

Kalvin Phillips was announced as a Manchester City player on Monday after signing a six year contract with the club.

Phillips wore the No.23 jersey at former side Leeds United but has elected to take the No.4 at City, which has been vacant since Vincent Kompany’s departure three years ago.   

Kompany is one of Manchester City’s greatest ever players and won 12 domestic trophies in his storied 11-year career at the Etihad.

Explaining why he chose the No.4 shirt, Phillips said: “It was a number that was presented to me, and I thought because at Leeds I had 23 which is one of my favourite numbers, I felt like because it’s a new start I wanted a different number and to try and build a legacy on that number.

“Hopefully, I can.  

It’s not the first time Phillips has worn the No.4 shirt. 

When Marcelo Bielsa first met the Leeds United players as their new manager, he moved along the players sat down placing his hand on their head and saying a squad number as he went. 

He said, ‘No.4’ to Phillips when he came to him. 

“I’d scored a few goals the season before, so I thought I was more of a number eight, and he came in and told me straight away that I was a number four.  

“He’d seen the future!”