Leeds United are ‘very close’ to agreeing a new deal with midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to managing director Angus Kinnear.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Kinnear echoed the confidence of the player’s agent Kevin Sharp – who last week said the situation over a new contract was ‘very promising.’
Kinnear admitted that he felt the club would be able to get the deal done soon on what is a ‘deserved’ new contract for the outstanding 23-year-old talent.
“He deserves a new contract, he’s at the very heart of what we want to achieve, both as a player and a personality,” said the MD.
“He’s a local lad and he understands exactly what it means to play for Leeds United.
“We’ve had very constructive conversations with Kalvin and his agent and I think we’re very close.
“I think it’ll be soon.”
Kinnear also praised Phillips for keeping his focus, despite links to a number of Premier League clubs over the summer.
“Credit to Kalvin is that he hasn’t let this discussion influence him or distract him in any way, and I think he knew we would be good to [our] word and give him the right offer and he couldn’t be more focused or committed,” he added.
Phillips will spend the current international break recovering from a knock he sustained during last Saturday’s home defeat to Swansea.
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