The England international has been in impressive form since the start of the Premier League season and has been rewarded for that form at international level with Gareth Southgate handing him chances with England.
As per The Mirror, Phillips has recently attracted interest from Spurs, whilst Liverpool also remain in the hunt for the defensive midfielder.
Having played a large part in the Whites’ promotion to the Premier League last season, starting 37 games in their Championship-winning campaign, Marcelo Bielsa would seemingly be keen to keep hold of the youngster for the foreseeable future.
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What has McLeish said about Kalvin Phillips and his future?
Heaping praise on Phillips for his recent form and rise to become an England international, McLeish told Football Insider:
“Gareth Southgate’s recognised him now and he’s gone through the stratosphere with the form and ability that he’s shown over the last year or so.
“When Leeds are dipping into the market themselves and trying to buy players from Brighton, who are putting the price up every day, and then all of a sudden they’re getting invitations for their own players from some of the big clubs – listen, there’s always a price.
“I’ve always said that, there’s always a price but I think he would be one of their most prized possessions. You’re talking Everest.”
£50m price tag, but is Kalvin Phillips worth more?
In today’s market, Phillips’ reported valuation of £50m seems a little off the mark, considering he is one of the fastest-developing English players in recent times.
Currently valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, you have to feel that the midfielder is worth significantly more and that may be what keeps him at Leeds, given that the recent pandemic has put financial restraints on clubs.
Phillips is undoubtedly a huge part of Leeds’ squad and rise to the Premier League, so the Whites will undoubtedly hold firm for as long as they can before they even think of cashing in on him.
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