Leeds United are finally closing in on reaching an agreement with Kalvin Phillips about a new deal to remain at Elland Road, according to a report by Football Insider.
It is claimed final legal checks are being made regarding the four-year contract he has been offered as it is in the hands of the lawyers.
It is believed Phillips will become one of the club’s highest earners on around £40,000-a-week and will be on the same terms as the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla.
It appears Leeds could be about to finally tie down Phillips to a new long-term deal after a summer full of speculation. Aston Villa were heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old in the summer, to which the defensive midfielder was believed ready to force through (The Sun).
Indeed, it would be a brilliant piece of business by Angus Kinnear (who has admitted how important it was to get a deal done) to get over the line as the player has proven to be instrumental over the past few seasons for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Last season, the 23-year-old had an impressive average of 2.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 2.6 clearances, 0.6 key passes and a passing success rate of 82.1% which goes to show how well he plays that defensive midfield role for the Argentine’s side.
Moreover, it seems he has taken those numbers into the current campaign as well as Leeds look to try and go one better in the Championship this season.
In the six matches he has played in so far for Bielsa’s team, Phillips has managed to achieve an average of 4.7 tackles (in which he leads the rest of the squad), 1.3 interceptions and 1.8 clearances, whilst also contributing with one key pass per game (WhoScored).
As mentioned, securing Phillips to a new long-term agreement will be a great business move for Leeds as the 23-year-old has proven to be one of the club’s best players during Bielsa’s tenure as manager at Elland Road.
Although lengthy contracts do not necessarily keep other clubs at bay anymore, there will be a sense of relief around the club that, at least, they will be in a better position to keep him in Yorkshire a little easier than before.
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