Leeds have allowed their England international midfielder to join City for a deal believed to be worth £42m.
Phillips, who progressed through Leeds’ academy and helped the club to promotion, has never played for another club in his career, up until this point.
In an interview with The Athletic, Radrizzani has discussed Phillips leaving Leeds for City, outlining how he didn’t want Phillips to go, but the midfielder made his intentions clear.
“I didn’t want to let him go. He decided to go and was very clear to me that it was his ambition to play at that level.”
Leeds begin life after Phillips with a clash against Wolves on the Premier League’s opening weekend, as we get a look at Jesse Marsch’s first full campaign in-charge at Elland Road.
Across the division following Leeds’ clash with Wolves, Phillips will be hoping to make his competitive debut for his new club against West Ham.
Leeds’ signings replacing Phillips include Tyler Adams and Marc Roca, as well as Darko Gyabi, who signed from City.
Will Adams be as much of a success at Leeds as Phillips?
It’s tough to hear Phillips wanted to leave Leeds for City and, no doubt, for some it will leave a sour taste.
However, it’s always been hard to begrudge the player a chance to go and play for Manchester City, given they are probably the best team in Europe right now, with the best manager in the world.
Phillips owes Leeds nothing as a club, whilst the club owes him plenty for putting them where they are today.
Granting him his move was the right thing to do and Leeds have done it.
Radrizzani offering an insight brings feelings back up to the surface a touch, but it hopefully draws a line under it, at least until Phillips plays against Leeds later in the season.