Leeds United have had a fairly good couple of weeks. Following defeat to Swansea City, the doom was lifted when the club secured the long-term future of star player Kalvin Phillips.
The midfielder signed a contract extension, keeping him at Elland Road until the summer of 2024 earlier this week.
It came after a summer in which Phillips was heavily linked with a move away from the club. Aston Villa, in particular, were linked with his services.
Leeds were said to be rejecting offers of £20 million-plus for the player, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Leeds’ good week got better at the weekend, as a 2-0 win over Barnsley took them back to the Championship summit.
Speaking after the game, as quoted by the YEP, Phillips spoke about that price-tag and how he coped with the summer speculation.
“It (the price-tag) is a bit crazy. If I was offering that much money I don’t think I would offer that much for me. I don’t think about it but when I do it’s a good thing. It’s a compliment…
“I just got out of the country and got to America for three weeks and enjoyed myself. And didn’t go on social media. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made in my career.”
It seems that the Leeds man did the right thing. He took himself out of the picture amid the constant speculation surrounding his future which has allowed him to come into the new campaign fully focused on helping Leeds push for promotion.
His form this season so far certainly suggests that his head was never turned.