Leeds United have been told to offer Kalvin Phillips a new deal at Elland Road, amid likely interest from a number of top clubs.
The 25-year-old has matured into one of the most important players at Marcelo Bielsa’s disposal, proving to be an influential performer in midfield.
Phillips has also become a regular for England, winning seven caps and standing a good chance of making Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
Although his current deal at Leeds doesn’t run out until 2024, other clubs may be eyeing up a move for the impressive Whites star in the coming months.
Give Phillips a new deal, says McLeish
Someone who thinks Phillips should be offered new-and-improved terms is former Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who told Football Insider it is vital, in terms of preventing other clubs from snapping him up:
“You have to look after the home-bred guys. Kalvin Phillips would command a monster fee.
“Homegrown guys tend to be much more expensive. When you’re maybe casting your eyes abroad and you’re looking, you could possibly get a wee bargain here and there.
“But when you get home-grown guys like Phillips, tying him down is of the utmost importance.
“I think there’s a few clubs that could be definitely looking at a homegrown guy.”
Transfer Tavern take
McLeish himself has described Phillips as ‘outstanding’ in the past and the thought of Leeds losing him in the summer is a grim one.
The player himself certainly appears to be content at Elland Road, but the lure of playing for one of the title-chasing sides can turn an individual’s head.
It will be interesting to see if Leeds hand Phillips a new deal at the end of the season, or if they bide their time with plenty still left on his current contract.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly interested in signing a hugely experienced player this summer – find out who it is here.
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