Kalvin Phillips appears to have outlined his demands to sign a new deal at Leeds United, according to a report by Football Insider.
It is claimed the midfielder wants a five-year package that will see him earn around £40,000-a-week and allegedly puts him on the same stomping ground as the likes of Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford, as the Whites prepare to reopen talks.
Leeds have been trying to get the 23-year-old to agree to a contract for some time, however it is understood Phillips rejected the last one that was put on the table.
It is hardly a surprise that Leeds are preparing to reopen contract talks with Phillips imminently as he has been key for the club over the last two seasons and there will be an argument that he is worth paying the £40,000-a-week to keep him at Elland Road.
According to data collected by WhoScored over the last couple of years, it has become rather clear and obvious just how important he is to Marcelo Bielsa’s side and their chances of obtaining promotion to the Premier League.
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.
Indeed, he has continued that stellar year once again in the current campaign as he has made 3.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, two clearances, 0.8 key passes with a 86% passing success rate in his five Championship appearances so far.
Managing director Angus Kinnear has revealed in the past that Phillips is key to their plans, not only in England’s second tier, but also in the Premier League once they obtain promotion and admitted in July how clear their plans were for him.
Speaking to Leeds Live, he said: “We are talking with him about a new contract and we are very clear we want him to play football in the Premier League and we want him to play football in the Premier League with Leeds United.”
There is no doubt that Phillips is one of the best players at Leeds at the moment and that the Whites should look to do all they can to try and tie him down to a new long-term contract.
The sooner the Whites can get an agreement sorted, the better as would not be a surprise to see Premier League clubs try and swoop in for him in January if a deal was not done by then – 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).
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