Leeds United want Kalvin Phillips to sign a new contract before the turn of the year to end any doubt about his future, according to a report.
Phillips has undergone a surging rise in recent years, going from Leeds academy graduate, to Championship talent, and now to an established player in the Premier League and England national team. As more have become aware of his talent, though, there have been worries about other clubs coming in for him.
All of the Premier League’s top sides are understood to have shown some interest in the midfielder. Although Leeds have him under contract until 2024, they want to send an even clearer message to those suitors.
Despite his prominent role, Phillips is not one of the higher earners in Leeds’ squad. His current deal exists from when he was still in the Championship and without an England cap. Now his status is much bigger and Leeds are willing to offer him terms that reflect that.
Therefore, a new contract is in the pipeline for the 25-year-old. As we exclusively revealed in September, Leeds would make Phillips their highest-paid player in the process.
Now, Football Insider have an update about the situation. They claim Leeds want to sort the deal before the January transfer window opens.
By doing so, they would deny his suitors in the winter and ensure his long-term commitment remains to his boyhood club.
A one-club man so far, Phillips wants to stay with Leeds, so his priority will be to sign a new deal. Interested parties will retain a glimmer of hope until he does, but it seems he sees his future still being at Elland Road.
Of course, if the time ever comes for Phillips to leave, Leeds would be protecting themselves by having him on a longer contract. On such terms, they would be able to command a larger transfer fee.
Phillips set for Leeds stay
But his focus still seems firmly fixed on his current club, who are now said to be in advanced talks. They will hope to conclude them before there is any chance of a rival suitor snapping him up.
Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp said recently: “I’ve had positive discussions with Leeds throughout the summer on a new contract for Kalvin and talks are ongoing.
“I can only see a positive outcome. Kalvin’s desire is to stay at Leeds and there is a real willingness from all sides to make it happen.”
The finishing line is thus almost in sight for the connection between a player, his city and his club to continue.
Phillips has made a total of 219 appearances for Leeds to date, providing 14 goals and 12 assists while impressing with his all-round play.
This season, he has played eight times in all competitions, getting one EFL Cup goal. He will be hoping for another productive season at the top level – and it seems almost certain he will spend it all with Leeds.