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Leeds United: Noel Whelan reacts to Kalvin Phillips transfer rumours

Leeds United: Noel Whelan reacts to Kalvin Phillips transfer rumours - Leeds United

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has given his thoughts on a transfer rumour linking Kalvin Phillips with a move to Tottenham.

The England international is reportedly attracting the interest of Spurs manager Jose Mourinho with his excellent performances for the Whites, which have received high praise from some pundits.

The defensive midfielder, who has now embedded himself in Gareth Southgate’s England side, played a large part in the Whites’ promotion to the Premier League last season, starting 37 games in their Championship-winning campaign.

With Phillips’ rise in English football, the Daily Mirror has recently discussed interest shown in him by Liverpool and Spurs, with the latter heavily linked as Daniel Levy is reportedly considering a contract offer to double the player’s current salary.

What has Whelan said about Spurs’ interest in Kalvin Phillips?

“Look, Leeds do not need to sell him,” former Leeds man Whelan told Football Insider. “That is the way it is.

“We are not a selling club anymore. We are in the Premier League and if we are going to be successful and hit the heights that we hope to, it is imperative that we keep Kalvin Phillips.

“Speculation will happen and I know money talks but Kalvin is a Leeds lad who pledged his contract to the club by signing a new contract.

“To get him away from Leeds right now would take an astronomical figure. Otherwise Leeds would not even contemplate the idea of selling him next summer.” 

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How much is Kalvin Phillips currently worth?

Currently valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, Phillips’ market value has significantly increased over the last few seasons, with a latest report claiming that Leeds value him at £50m.

The Whites have acquitted themselves well upon their Premier League return and they appear to be in a good position to fend of any interest in Phillips. Of course, the player himself may be keen to move on, but only time will tell…

Do you think Leeds can hold off Spurs’ interest in Phillips? Let us know your views in the comments section below…

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