Leeds United owner Radrizzani's silence is enabling Aston Villa rumours

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

Will Aston Villa sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United?

Kalvin Phillips (C) of Leeds United celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at the Riverside Stadium on February 9, 2019 in...

Rumours continue to link Leeds United midfield dynamo Kalvin Phillips with an exit to Aston Villa.

The Star report Villa plan to offer £20 million for Phillips, while the Birmingham Mail add that there is an expectation the deal will eventually get done.

It has led to Leeds fans feeling very uneasy, especially after just agreeing to sell Jack Clarke to Tottenham for £10 million.

 

Leeds have been reliant on loan deals this summer, and the Clarke sale can help finance these with any fees and wages to be paid.

Selling Phillips would rip the heart out of the team and Leeds should avoid this at all costs.

It doesn't make sense from a football perspective, whereas the Clarke sale could at least be justified by the fact he only made four league starts last year.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

So where is Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani in all of this?

Well, he's nowhere to be seen. He's active on social media when he wants to be. And that's not now.

His last tweets were about Major League Baseball, and a cereal bar on sale at Sainsbury's.

The only mention of Leeds since May was one reference to a charity initiative. Fair enough, but what about the team?

There is no obvious need to sell Phillips, and Radrizzani could shut it down by making the club's position clear.

His inaction is enabling the Villa rumours to continue, and fans may suspect there is something in it.

Leeds' intentions are unclear, and after selling one youth prospect, there is a worry that Leeds' lack of a statement against it suggests they would consider a sale at the right price.

MIDDLESBROUGH, UK 9TH FEBRUARY. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United scores his team's first goal to make it 1-1 in the 102nd minute during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough...

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