Leeds United ‘open Kalvin Phillips contract talks’ as England midfielder’s stock grows

Leeds United have reportedly begun talks with Kalvin Phillips over a new contract, according to Football Insider.

The Whites are reportedly keen to extend the 25-year-old’s deal and keep him at Elland Road in the long-term despite potential interest from across Europe.

Although Phillips’ current contract doesn’t run out until 2024, his stock has risen since he last committed his future to the club after impressing for both Leeds and England.

The report states that talks are at an early stage but the club want to reward Phillips for his performances as he helped guide the Whites to a ninth-place finish last season.

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The idea would be to give the midfielder an improved deal and a major pay rise, considerably higher than the contract he last penned in September 2019.

Should he sign, it will be a big boost for the Whites in their attempt to become an established Premier League outfit again after spending almost two decades away.

In his programme notes ahead of Leeds’ game against Everton, chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed that over £100million of interest in their players had been ‘vigorously resisted’ this summer.

Although he didn’t name those involved, it is believed that Phillips was one to be subjected to big-money interest, given his stature in the squad.

Football Insider’s report also claims that the current contract he first signed two years ago included a release clause that could’ve been triggered if the Whites didn’t get promoted under Marcelo Bielsa that season.

Fortunately for Leeds, they managed to finally seal their return to the Premier League, winning the Championship in convincing fashion despite not having it confirmed until mid-July due to Covid-19.

Phillips was a key part of that and he continued his form into the top-flight, featuring in 29 matches as they finished in their highest league position since 2002.

He has also shone for England since first making his debut in September 2020 and played a huge role in Euro 2020, playing in all seven games on route to the final.

Despite losing to Italy on penalties, Phillips was praised for his displays alongside Declan Rice in a midfield-two, winning the England Player of the Year award and this good form has continued to perform this season.

The Leeds-born anchorman is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s best midfielder’s and his game has been taken to new heights under Bielsa’s leadership.

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