Former England winger Trevor Sinclair has admitted he thinks Kalvin Phillips will leave Leeds United if the club do not threaten the Premier League top four this season.
He has also expressed his surprise at Manchester United not taking an interest in the 25-year-old, who plays in a position that has proven problematic for the Red Devils.
Phillips has never played for any other club at professional level and is a boyhood Leeds supporter, although has been strongly linked with moves away from Elland Road in the past.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Sinclair said: “I think Kalvin Phillips is ready.
“If Leeds do not really pick up this season and start threatening that top four, I think Kalvin Phillips will go.
“I was actually quite surprised that Manchester United did not have a little look at him because when you start looking at that holding midfield role, and you have got Fred and (Scott) McTominay, (Nemanja) Matic.
“For me if they have got that position right, they will have a chance at really competing for the Premier League.”
Phillips caught the eye once again last night with another excellent display for England, picking up where he left off on the international stage after a stellar Euro 2020 campaign.
He has formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Three Lions midfield with West Ham United’s Declan Rice, who he has also seemingly developed a strong bond with off the pitch.
Since playing a starring role in Leeds’ 2019/20 campaign, which ended in promotion to the Premier League, Phillips has seen his stock rise considerably and further interest in him is almost inevitable.
However, a move to bitter rivals Manchester United would not go down well with Whites supporters and would certainly be a shock considering his allegiance to Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side surged into the top half of the Premier League last season, but have made a slow start to the 2021/22 campaign and are still waiting for their first league victory.
Phillips and his new England team-mate Patrick Bamford will return to West Yorkshire after the international break and unless injuries strike, they will both be in contention for the clash with Liverpool on 12 September.