Leeds United hero Kalvin Phillips is still a long way from signing a new contract with the Whites, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Phillips’ future up in the air
The 25-year-old has arguably been the key player of the Marcelo Bielsa era, performing consistently in Leeds’ midfield and making 222 appearances for the club.
The midfielder’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024, so the Whites are at least not at risk of losing him on the cheap any time soon, but his crowning as England’s 2021 Player of the Year and Premier League form are sure to draw more and more interest as that deals ticks down.
The Latest: Journalist gives worrying update
Jones has provided an important update on Phillips’ future, telling Give Me Sport that he and the club are still a distance apart when it comes to agreeing terms on a new deal:
“He loves Leeds, there’s no doubt about that. He has definitely enjoyed the platform they’ve given him to go on and become an England player.
“But, at the moment, from what I understand, they are quite a long way from finding common ground over his salary.”
The Verdict: Coming to the end?
In an ideal world, Phillips would extend his stay at Elland Road and spend the rest of his career at the club, but football rarely works like that.
The England international clearly loves Leeds and will always have a special place in his heart for them, but it is only natural that he could be tempted for a fresh challenge.
With Bielsa’s men languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, the idea of one of the heavyweights coming in for him could be too great a challenge to turn down.
That lure of Champions League football is great for most players and Phillips may want to test himself against the very best in the peak years of his career – former player David Norris said this week Phillips will be looking for ‘bigger and better things’ (MOT Leeds News).
In other news, Joe Donnohue has provided an update on Leeds’ potential January transfer business. Read more here.
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