Having entered negotiations with Leeds United over a new contract last week, as per journalist Phil Hay, Kalvin Phillips is now reportedly holding out for a lucrative deal.
According to Football Insider, the midfielder is only willing to commit his future to the Whites if his new contract lifts him over the £30,000-a-week mark.
With Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford thought to be earning a similar weekly salary (via Football Insider), Phillips’ camp believe that he deserves parity with this duo in terms of pay.
The 23-year-old has recently been linked with a move to Aston Villa (via the Telegraph) and could still leave Elland Road this summer for Premier League football.
With this contract saga continuing to rumble on, it is vital for Leeds to act now as a failure to do so could have a detrimental impact on the start of their upcoming Championship campaign.
If they end up losing Phillips later this summer, the Whites may struggle to find an adequate replacement for him in the limited time that remains before the transfer window slams shut on August 8th.
Unquestionably one of the club’s star performers last season, Phillips made 46 appearances in all competitions (via Transfermarkt), averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.98, a total only bettered by four other players.
Such was the midfielder’s importance to the Whites that without him in the team they only achieved a 20%-win ratio which was 41.9% lower compared to when he was present in Bielsa’s starting eleven.
Taking this into consideration, it may be worth Leeds giving in to Phillips’ wage demands as doing so could allow the club to launch another stab at promotion having narrowly missed out on a return to the Premier League in May.
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