Former Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United ‘keeper Paul Robinson has said that the latter should ‘match’ any potential offer Kalvin Phillips receives in the future.
England international has had quite the rise in the English game having helped Leeds to a successful promotion from the Championship to the Premier League this summer.
Earning regular high praise from football pundits, Phillips is now said to be attracting the interest of Spurs and reigning English champions Liverpool.
The Mirror report the interest from the top-flight duo in the midfielder who has now also embedded himself in Gareth Southgate’s England side.
With Spurs seemingly holding firmer interest than Liverpool, the report goes on to add that Daniel Levy is reportedly considering a contract offer to double the player’s current salary.
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And, that has prompted former Spurs and Leeds ‘keeper Robinson to comment on the future of Phillips.
What has Robinson said regarding Phillips’ future?
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds Now, Robinson said: “That’s a lot of money but I’d do absolutely anything to keep hold of Kalvin Phillips, he’s so vital to what Leeds do.
“When he’s injured he’s a huge miss for Leeds and they’re going to have to cope without him at Villa Park tonight.
“He’s the type of player you build a team around. You try to give him a contract that would match what he could get anywhere else.
“If Leeds want to stay in the Premier League and be competing for the trophies then he’s the player that needs to stay and for a team to be built around him.”
Can Leeds hold on to Phillips?
Currently valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, Phillips could become the subject to a bid much greater than that valuation.
The midfielder’s rise to England regular has been quite something, but Leeds will undoubtedly do all they can to keep him at the club.
A key player for the Whites, a potential exit would see Marcelo Bielsa forced to completely rebuild his side, as Robinson alludes to with his comments on building a squad around the midfielder.
January’s transfer window could be a very interesting one…
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