Leeds United are confident there will be a breakthrough in negotiations with Kalvin Phillips this week regarding a new long-term contract for the defensive midfielder, according to Football Insider.
The Whites had entered into talks with Phillips earlier in the summer as the Championship outfit looked to secure their academy product’s future following intense interest from the Premier League, but the 23-year-old rejected the terms proposed in July.
It is understood that Phillips is holding out for as much as £40,000-a-week (Football Insider), as he is keen to address the imbalance in wage parity in the dressing room after Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford secured lucrative deals upon their respective arrivals last season.
Talks are now believed to have re-engaged with Phillips as the international break hands the second-tier outfit an uninterrupted two-week period for discussions, but the Leeds hierarchy are confident an announcement will be made this week.
Confidence has expanded exponentially at Elland Road recently, as owner Andrea Radrizzani has given the green light to Phillips being awarded a significant pay-rise to his current £10,000-a-week terms, as they see the defensive midfielder as an instrumental cog in Marcelo Bielsa’s system.
Indeed, the 23-year-old has become key to the flow of the Argentine’s system, with Phillips boasting the third-most passes per ninety minutes of any Leeds player to have featured in more than four second-tier fixtures last season (WhoScored).
The Leeds-born talent also ranked third for tackles per ninety minutes, and fourth for interceptions and aerial duels won, and has continued his stellar form into the new campaign, ranking second for passes made and first for tackles won of players to have featured for more than 100 minutes in the Championship.
Securing Phillips’ services for the next four or five years, as he is claimed by Football Insider to desire, would be an excellent boost for Leeds and their fans after succumbing to their first defeat of the campaign at the weekend, and one that would call time on rumours of a move to Aston Villa (The Sun) or Wolves.
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