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Timeline set for Kalvin Phillips future decision as comments give Villa, Newcastle nudge

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United midfielder during an England press conference

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is not likely to rush into any decision on his future with everything still on the table, claims a report.

The midfielder remains a man in demand despite a season wrecked by injury. Indeed, he last played for Leeds back on December 5, when a torn hamstring has kept him sidelined ever since. During that time, Leeds have struggled and failed to pull clear of relegation danger.

Indeed, Sunday’s vital 2-1 win over Norwich was their first win in eight games. It also will have come as much-needed relief for new boss Jesse Marsch.

Despite that, Gary Neville still has a serious warning for Leeds over their hopes of avoiding the drop.

The good news for Leeds is that Phillips is slotted in for a return to action after the international break. Alongside Liam Cooper, the pair should make their returns to action in the clash against Southampton on Saturday April 2.

His return will revive Leeds hopes of avoiding the drop. Furthermore, the division Leeds find themselves in next season is likely to play a big part in Phillips’ future decision.

Indeed, the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United are among his suitors. More recently, West Ham have seen a approach fail, while talk has also emerged of interest from Aston Villa and Newcastle.

With a deal due to expire in 2024, Leeds face a nervous wait to see what the future lies with Phillips.

His agent has previously indicated a willingness to stay and sign a new deal for Leeds.

However, there appears no rush on Phillips’ part and the Daily Mail claim he will make a firm decision at the end of the season.

Aston Villa interested in Kalvin Phillips if Leeds go down

Aston Villa interested in Kalvin Phillips if Leeds go down

Aston Villa targeting Kalvin Phillips this summer if Leeds United get relegated

Until then, Leeds will hope to do enough to not only stay in the Premier League, but also to convince Phillips his future remains at Leeds.

Having finished ninth in the 2020/21 season, many expected Leeds to push on this term.

A host of key injuries, however, including talismanic striker Patrick Bamford, have stalled their ambitions.

Kalvin Phillips lays out his ambitions

Nonetheless, comments made by Phillips back in 2021 gave some indication to his future.

Speaking to GQ, Phillips insists he wants to play European football. Therefore, a move to one of Villa or Newcastle – neither of whom could offer him that, may be out the question.

“I want to be a player that’s got a lot of games to his name, but I want them to be games that mean something. And I want to play in the Europa League, the Champions League. But I want to do that, ideally with Leeds.

“And the way that we’re heading, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t,” Phillips added.

However, after their season of toil, it may be that Phillips has some serious thinking to do this summer.

And a large part of his decision may well come down to which sides in particular come in for him.