Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear has told BBC Radio Leeds that the club is getting close to an agreement with star midfielder Kalvin Phillips over a new deal at Elland Road.
Kinnear has told the BBC that he and Phillips’ agent both believe a contract extension for the player is ‘very close’. It comes after a summer in which he was heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa, as well as other Premier League clubs.
“He deserves a new contract. He is at the very heart of what we want to achieve.
“He is a local lad and he knows what it means to play for Leeds United.
“We’ve had very constructive chats with him and his agent and I think we are very close.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that there were talks last Thursday (29/08/19) about a potential new deal. They suggest Leeds knocked back a transfer offer ‘well in excess of £20 million’ in the summer for the player.
It certainly seems progress is being made on keeping Phillips beyond his 2021 contract expiration date.
This will be welcome news for Leeds United fans. Keeping hold of their homegrown talent is a huge priority for the club especially considering his emergence as a top player under the coaching of Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds United will also be desperate to avoid the situation they found themselves in with Kemar Roofe this summer. The forward had just one year left on his deal and Leeds felt they had to sell him to Belgian side Anderlecht now, rather than risk losing him for much less further down the line.
Phillips will be in the same position in 12 months’ time unless Leeds do manage to secure an extension to his current deal.
Hopefully, during this international break, Leeds fans will receive some more good news regarding their midfield maestro.