Aston Villa have just raised the stakes for Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa

Soccer fans cheer as Leeds United's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips arrives the Mandalar Thiri stadium to play a friendly match against Myanmar in Mandalay on May 11, 2018. (Photo by...

Leeds are determined to see off Aston Villa's interest in Kalvin Phillips

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at Riverside...

Leeds United are reportedly set to reject an offer of £14 million from Aston Villa for Kalvin Phillips, The Telegraph report.

The view is, that Phillips is too important to Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa for the club to sanction a sale, even at £14 million, twice what the club sold Ronaldo Vieira for last summer.

 

It would be a bad sale for Leeds given what Phillips brings to the side, and how they are 'all in' on promotion this year.

Bielsa extended his contract for this season, after some deliberation. It's unclear if he would consider a third stint in the Championship if Leeds fail again.

So Leeds are gambling on this campaign being successful. Villa's bid for Phillips raises the stakes.

 

Soccer fans cheer as Leeds United's English midfielder Kalvin Phillips arrives the Mandalar Thiri stadium to play a friendly match against Myanmar in Mandalay on May 11, 2018. (Photo by...

If they can hold onto him this year, they probably won't be able to resist a big offer for him next summer.

Phillips will have an extra season under his belt, be a year closer to the expiration of his contract, and will start to think about his own prospects of playing in the Premier League. Offers will be likely.

Villa's offer is a stark reminder that Leeds cannot hold him back forever if they cannot accomplish their goals. Promotion this season is an absolute must.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United greet fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in...

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