Kalvin Phillips has spoken for the first time about reported interest in him from Premier League outfit Aston Villa – and has strongly hinted his future lies at Elland Road.
The Daily Telegraph reported recently that Phillips is emerging as one of Villa boss Dean Smith’s top targets, following promotion to the Premier League and is said to be preparing a £14million approach.
However, we reported last weekend how the midfielder has no wish to leave Elland Road this summer and want to give his hometown club at least one more season to see if they can secure promotion to the Premier League.
And now addressing his future for the first time, Phillips indicated to Leeds’ official website that he will always owe a debt to Leeds and that manager Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to stay has given the club a huge lift.
“I’ve dreamt of this since I was a little boy,” he said of the chance to play for Leeds.
“Just playing at this club and them giving me the opportunity to do that, I am forever grateful.”
He continued: “I think with the team that we’ve got we deserve to be in the Premier League, but it didn’t happen.
“The team that we’ve still got and the manager staying builds real confidence in the team. We’ll be looking to get a really good season under way.”
Asked about the opening game of the campaign at Ashton Gate against Bristol City, Phillips added: “Obviously it’s a tough game. It’s no different to the game we had at the start of last season (v Stoke City). We’ll be looking to get things going straight away.
“We all know in this league, it’s not how you start but how you finish. We’ll be looking to get the win as we do every game.”
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