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Leeds United putting roadblock in place amid Aston Villa transfer interest for ‘unreal’ star

Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, England, September 2021.

Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford in training for England

Leeds United are planning on offering crucial star Kalvin Phillips a new deal, putting talks of a potential transfer to Aston Villa to bed.

Phillips has been one of the most influential players in the Leeds side for years. Indeed, he has been a crucial member of the side in both the Championship and the Premier League.

To this point, the midfielder has played 226 games for his boyhood club, scoring 14 goals and assisting 13 in that time.

The 26-year-old had a big impact on the Whites’ return to the top flight last season. Phillips missed just nine games, in a campaign when the Elland Road outfit finished in ninth place.

The hamstring injury the midfielder sustained in December has hindered the Whites. Phillips has missed 15 league games thanks to that injury so far, and Leeds have lost 10 of those.

Clearly, Phillips has a big impact on the side. Indeed, that impact has been noticed by other clubs, who want to lure him in for themselves.

Aston Villa have established themselves as a potential destination. A report from The Times states that the Villans are adamant about the signing of the midfielder they see as ‘unreal’.

However, it also states that Leeds are putting a roadblock in place, in an attempt to keep Phillips at the club.

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The Whites are reportedly planning on offering the star a new contract.

Given Phillips has been a Leeds player for his entire career, it is very likely that he will accept.

Relegation could force Phillips out

Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United, December 2021.

There is still the threat of relegation at Leeds. Indeed, they have extended their gap to the drop zone to seven points, but the sides below them each have at least one game in hand over the Whites.

Should Leeds be relegated, there is a possibility that Phillips could go on to pastures new. He has recently revealed he was “gutted” when Leeds were knocked out of the Championship play-offs in 2019.

That summer, there was interest in him from Villa, but nothing came of it. However, it seems the midfielder considered a move to Villa Park, so it could be in his mind now.

In addition, Phillips is now a regular performer at international level, having made 19 appearances for England. Surely, an international player of Phillips’ quality would not want to be playing in the second tier, despite his connection with his current club.

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