Phillips joins Leicester City and sets sights on fifth top-flight promotion

Kevin Phillips has joined Leicester City for the remainder of the season, and he hopes to end his career with a fifth promotion to the Premier League.

The former England international, who was eight caps from 1999 to 2002, was released by Crystal Palace recently, just six months after his goal had secured a top-flight return for the Eagles. This was the fourth such promotion of his career, having previously achieved this with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.

Phillips now has a great chance to add to this record, after agreeing to see his career out with a short stint at Leicester. The Foxes are currently top of the Championship table after 25 rounds of fixtures, with a four-point cushion over second placed Burnley. Not does such a challenge appeal to the 40-year-old, but he has also revealed that a move to the King Power Stadium suits him for other reasons at this stage of his career.

“I’m delighted to have completed my move to Leicester,” Phillips wrote in his blog. “I had a discussion with them in the summer, when they wanted to sign me, however, as I’ve said in my blog before, the lure of the Premier League and one last crack at the top flight at my age was too hard to turn down. But, once I agreed to leave Crystal Palace, we made contact again and, to be honest, this was the only club I wanted to come to.

“Everything felt right for me here; it’s perfect for me location-wise, they’re pushing for promotion, they’ve got a fantastic set-up and a great stadium, plus I’ve got respect for the manager Nigel Pearson and his assistant Craig Shakespeare. Now it’s all signed and sealed I can’t wait to get back to hopefully scoring a few vital goals at vital times and help this club get to where they want to be – the Premier League.”


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