Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips is ‘more open than ever’ to rejecting Man Utd and remaining at Elland Road beyond the summer, and Jesse Marsch is one of three reasons why, per a report.
Marcelo Bielsa’s dismissal sparked genuine fears among the Leeds fanbase over what the future at Elland Road would look like. Bielsa was adored for the miracles he performed in West Yorkshire, though found it difficult to replicate his past success this season.
That had Leeds trending towards relegation before the decision was made to replace him with Jesse Marsch.
The American’s appointment was met with scepticism in some quarters. If he proved unable to maintain Leeds’ Premier League status, the futures of star men Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips would come under the microscope.
However, after overcoming a slow start, Marsch has overseen three victories and a draw in Leeds’ last four.
That has the Whites sitting pretty at nine points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. While there is still work to do, the situation looks a whole lot rosier than it once did.
What’s more, the Sun now report midfield dynamo Phillips is likelier than ever to commit his long-term future to the club.
Phillips has drawn transfer links with both Man Utd and Aston Villa. Indeed, the Manchester Evening News’ latest update confirmed United are ‘setting up the framework’ for a summer swoop. Though they acknowledged their plans won’t be finalised until Erik ten Hag is officially appointed.
Three factors convince Kalvin Phillips
Regardless, any United offers now seem destined to be rejected with Phillips hopeful of penning fresh terms at Leeds.
The Sun note Phillips ‘feels positive’ about the direction of the club under new boss Jesse Marsch. That is a big tick in the American’s column at such an early stage in his Leeds career.
Furthermore, it’s suggested Phillips is now enjoying training more.
There had been talk of player unrest regarding Bielsa’s demanding sessions. If the Sun report is accurate, Marsch’s less intensive workouts have gone down well with Phillips and co.
Kalvin Phillips is happy to extend Leeds contract
Provided that Leeds stay up, Kalvin Phillips is reportedly happy to extend his contract at Leeds United.
Finally, it’s noted Phillips will be in line for a ‘huge pay rise’ is he commits to Leeds.
He reportedly pockets around £38,000-per-week at present and one of the lures of joining Man Utd would’ve been a bumper pay increase.
However, it now appears he’ll get that anyway if he stays with Leeds.
The article concludes Phillips wishes to have a new contract wrapped up before the summer to prevent any lingering speculation from causing disruption.