Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips can leave the club this summer in the event of failure to secure promotion – but his exit clause is far greater than the £20million previously stated.
Phillips has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, with the defensive midfielder – very much tipped as a England international – this season’s stand-out performer in a Leeds United side pushing for automatic promotion in the Championship.
However, such has been his form this season that he continues to be linked with a plethora of Premier League sides, with the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ this week mentioned as a target for both Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves.
As such, rumours of a £20million release clause in Phillips’ contract have re-surfaced, sparking fears among supporters that he could leave for a valuation perhaps below his current market value.
However, former Leeds midfielder Michael Brown believes the midfield colossus is worth more and has denied claims his exit clause has been set so low.
Speaking via Football Insider, Brown confirmed: “It’s more than that. Much more, yes.
“You look at some clubs, they’re paying £20million at the top of the pitch for players coming out of the Championship but for a midfield player, it’s a really big call to go over that figure.
“I think he’s developing well enough that someone could think, ‘Do you know what? I think he could be the real deal.'”
Phillips returned to the Leeds United XI in their draw against Brentford following suspension, and played a big part in the Whites’ well-deserved 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Bristol City last-time out.