Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips could have his head turned by a Champions League club in the near future, according to Danny Mills.
The Lowdown: Phillips on the rise
The 25-year-old has been a magnificent performer for the Whites for some time, but the wider footballing public is now starting to fully appreciate him, too.
Phillips was excellent at Euro 2020 with England and has subsequently won his country’s Player of the Year award, meaning his stock has never been higher.
The Latest: Mills makes worrying claim
It is only inevitable that there will now be reports suggesting the midfielder could leave Leeds for a club in bigger competitions, and speaking to Football Insider, former Whites defender Mills admits he could see him wanting a fresh challenge:
“The more and more that he’s involved with England, he’s going to start to hear what other clubs do.
“His head will be turned and rightly so by players saying ‘We’re playing against Real Madrid’ ‘We’re playing against PSG’ ‘We’re playing against Barcelona’.
“Undoubtedly there will be a part of him thinking ‘I want a part of that, I want to test myself against the best’.
“If Leeds progress and make it that way, then brilliant. But it’s the second season in the Premier League so you’re going to have to be more realistic than that.
“Another good season this year and there will be some very, very serious offers that come in for Kalvin Phillips.”
The Verdict: Final season at Leeds?
Any Leeds fan would surely love Phillips to spend the rest of his career at Elland Road, but unless they make even greater strides under Marcelo Bielsa this term and push for Europe, that is unlikely.
The England man may want to test himself in the Champions League, as Mills alludes to, and he might feel he belongs at a team challenging for the biggest honours in club football.
It could even be that a massive offer arrives for Phillips next summer, at which point Leeds will have to weigh up the situation – it could be a win win for club and player if the right offer comes in.
In other news, Phil Hay has explained one key Leeds transfer decision this summer. Read more here.
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