Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is becoming “increasingly convinced” to stay at Elland Road, as Manchester United try to sign the England man.
Phillips, 26, returned to action after a hamstring injury which kept the England international sidelined 19 times for more than four months. He came off the bench in Saturday afternoon’s draw with Southampton.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Ralf Rangnick’s side are working on a deal to sign the Leeds star Phillips – despite the rivalry between the clubs – this summer. Phillips is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer of 2024.
But reporter Jones claims new Leeds manager Jesse Marsch is impressing Phillips – and as such the American gaffer convinces Phillips to stay at Leeds this summer. But Jones says “money talks.”
“They are starting to turn the corner. He’s been really impressed with what Jesse Marsch has done so far. I think he’s more and more convinced to stay but, of course, money talks,” Jones said.
Jones on Phillips: Leeds star surely unaware of move to Manchester United
Phillips is a player who deserves Premier League football, who deserves a much more worthy contract than a player who played for England and made the final of Euro 2020. But there are two reasons why he rest.
First, he was injured for much of the season. Saturday was only his 16th outing. If he has to leave Leeds, surely he will want to do so by giving his fanbase a season to remember? Second is Manchester United.
The club’s biggest rivals. Phillips is Leeds through and through, the fan favorite academy. Andrea Radrizzani needs to put his hand in his pocket and hand Phillips a six-figure contract a week. But surely he stays in Leeds.
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