Leeds United are confident that Kalvin Phillips will remain at Elland Road, with a new big-money contract set to be tabled over the summer.
The Lowdown: Aston Villa and West Ham interest
Phillips made a return to a Leeds matchday squad for the first time since December before the international break, with Jesse Marsch’s side securing a brilliant 3-2 win over Wolves.
The midfielder failed to come on from the bench at Molineux, so a return to action may come against Southampton next weekend.
Phillips’ future has been a hot topic of conversation while he has been out with a hamstring injury, with West Ham making a move for his services in January, whereas Aston Villa are now preparing their own swoop in the summer.
The Latest: Whites confident
The Times shared an update regarding Phillips’ future on Tuesday lunchtime after being informed by Leeds sources.
They claimed that Leeds chiefs are confident the midfielder is willing to stay at the club and talks over a new deal will begin at the end of the season.
A new contract will match the growing financial power of Villa and West Ham, with the Leeds board having no desire to part ways with the 26-year-old.
The Verdict: Huge
The San Francisco 49ers recently increased their stake in Leeds United to 44% and have an option to take full control by 2024, and it seems as if their first major piece of business will be with Phillips.
The England star has been missed massively by the Whites and is now valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the highest figure of his career – he is at the peak of his powers and will be into the final two years of his deal in the summer, so you could say improved terms are long overdue.
Quite simply, this is a player who is too good to let leave, and fans will surely be delighted if the 49ers group secure a big deal to keep him on beyond his current contract.
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