Leeds United have a crucial summer ahead of them and it’s vital that they keep the core group of players that took them as far as the Championship play-off semi-finals this season.
With Marcelo Bielsa still at the helm as manager next year, the Whites should once again be in the mix for promotion back to the Premier League.
The Yorkshire giants need to keep their star players and they are reportedly planning contract talks with some already at Elland Road.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds want to open discussions about new deals with Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kemar Roofe.
It’s important to try secure the futures of all four players, but the highlight of the summer could be extending the stay of Phillips.
According to the Daily Mail, Norwich City want to sign Phillips this summer for around £12million and Bournemouth are also credited with interest.
But the 23-year-old was such a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side over the last year and it would be a massive blow to lose him.
Phillips was an ever-present in the team at the base of midfield and even slotted into defence when required.
The deep-lying playmaker was an outstanding performer for Leeds throughout the season and he would surely be key to their success again next year if they want promotion.
His current deal is due to expire in 2021, but it would be a major lift if his future is secured.