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Kalvin Phillips hopes grow for Leeds with Jesse Marsch key and Man Utd hopes extinguished

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United lilac shirt, during Premier League game against Newcastle

Leeds United are growing increasingly confident Kalvin Phillips will sign a new deal with the club amid reports this week linking the player with a move to arch-rivals Manchester United.

The midfielder is a hugely-popular figure at Elland Road, having been raised in the city and come through their academy. Just over seven years since his debut, Phillips has amassed 227 appearances for Leeds and established himself in the England side. Indeed, with 19 caps to his name, Phillips will be hoping to play at the World Cup later this year.

However, the 26-year-old has endured a tough 2021/22 season on a personal level. Having ruptured his hamstring against Brentford on December 5, Phillips is only now just returning to action.

And in his long lay-off, Leeds have remained in relegation peril and seen his mentor Marcelo Bielsa replaced at the helm.

Furthermore, Phillips has been the subject of plenty of speculation in recent weeks. With a contract due to expire in 2024, Leeds and Phillips have a big decision to make this summer.

Indeed, the West Yorkshire side would maximise his value by cashing in this summer. And amid the speculation on his future, reports have touted Phillips for possible moves to a variety of clubs.

Those rumours have seen Phillips linked with the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle. More worryingly, one report even detailed how a leading agent plans to get Phillips to Liverpool.

Lately, however, it is Manchester United who are the most strongly linked, suggesting he is a target for new-manager-in-waiting Erik Ten Hag.

Despite the speculation though, TEAMtalk understands a move to Old Trafford is not in Phillips’ thinking.

Star willing to sign new Leeds deal

As a local lad, he more than understands the history between the two clubs. And knowing a move there would leave a sour taste, the Red Devils are the one club Phillips would be against moving to.

In doing so, he understands a move to Old Trafford would destroy his Leeds legacy.

Furthermore, Phillips is reportedly keen to sign a new deal at Leeds United.

The star is clearly befitting of a new deal and is understood to be willing to pen an extension.

And, as Phillips prepares to make his return to the Leeds starting line-up, there appears to be growing optimism an agreement can be reached.

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.

That’s a viewpoint also backed up by transfer journalist Dean Jones. Speaking to Give Me Sport, he claims Phillips is keen to stay at Leeds.

In addition, he claims Phillips has been impressed by new boss Jesse Marsch and believes he can help the club progress.

“They’re starting to turn the corner,” Jones claims. “He’s been really impressed by what Jesse Marsch has done so far. I do think he’s becoming more and more convinced about staying but, of course, money does talk.”

Ian Wright backs Kalvin Phillips to stay

Pundit Ian Wright is also backing Phillips to sign a new deal at Leeds and further his legacy at the club.

Ultimately, he knows Phillips will have ambitions of playing in the Champions League.

But as things stand, he can see him giving Leeds another season or two before departing.

“I was talking about Kalvin Phillips and people were speaking about him leaving. But I think he should stay for a while. Why not?” Wright told the Wrighty’s House podcast.

“He’ll be courted because of how good he is in that position. And at some stage he wants to play in the Champions League, because that’s what his level deserves.

“But after being injured, go back to Leeds, get them back to where we saw them when they first came up and get them pushing.”

Leeds will be hoping the return of Phillips to their side can be the catalyst for a good result at Watford on Saturday. You can see who else Marsch will likely pick in our predicted Leeds line-up right here.