Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell believes Kalvin Phillips could be a great signing for Real Madrid if a ‘big-money offer’ arrives in Yorkshire.
The Lowdown: Phillips linked with Real Madrid move
Phillips has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 12 months or so, helping Leeds United get into the Premier League and also becoming an England regular.
The 25-year-old is currently starring for the Three Lions at Euro 2020, drawing lots of praise for his shining display against Croatia, and his performances have led to Madrid reportedly being interested in signing him.
The Latest: Campbell talks up switch
Someone who believes Phillips would be ready to make the step up to one of the biggest clubs in world football is Campbell, who is a pundit for La Liga TV.
“Why not Real Madrid? Carlo Ancelotti had a good look at him last season.
“He plays the same position as Casemiro, who is probably top three in the world at that role but Real Madrid need midfielders. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are on the wrong side of 30 now. They are pushing on now and the midfield needs to be rejuvenated and re-jigged.
“I’m a big fan of his and I 100 percent believe he could play for Madrid and join them but at the end of the day he is a Leeds boy and he is happy there.
“When the big teams put in a big-money offer it can be very difficult for a club, even if it is your boyhood club, to turn it down.”
The Verdict: Worrying for Leeds
While it feels Phillips is unlikely to leave Leeds this summer, given his loyalty to the club and the fact that their Premier League journey under Marcelo Bielsa has only just started, it is worrying to see him linked with such a huge move.
It speaks volumes about the midfielder’s current standing in the game, but it also highlights how difficult it could be to keep hold of him for the long-term future – if more sides like Madrid come sniffing around, it will become increasingly difficult for the Whites to say no.
Hopefully, Leeds will progress so much that he is willing to stay put for years to come and even when those clubs come calling – perhaps a push for a Europa League place next season could do the trick?
In other news, one Leeds player is set to be offered a new deal this summer – find out who it is here.
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