Leeds United have reportedly started contract talks with their midfielder Kalvin Phillips amid interest from Aston Villa.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites are now in discussions with their 23-year-old about a new deal at Elland Road.
It is understood that newly-promoted Premier League club Aston Villa want him this summer, but Marcelo Bielsa’s team want to time him down to a new contract in Yorkshire.
The deep-lying player was a key player under Bielsa last season and his current deal is due to expire in 2021.
The Sun previously reported that Leeds would demand £30million for Phillips this summer, while Villa would only want to pay up to £15million.
Leeds have strengthened well already this summer in the transfer window, but would be taking a backwards step if they do lose Phillips.
The English enforcer is certainly ready to make the step up to the top-flight, but should stay where he is another season and achieve promotion with his boyhood club.
He took his game to another level under Bielsa last term, where he was extremely effective as a defensive midfielder sitting in front of the back four.
Phillips can break up play well and is strong in the tackle, while he’s also got a super range of passing and dictates possession.
A new deal for one of their most important players would be excellent business.