Leeds United are seemingly ‘very close’ to tying Kalvin Phillips down to a new deal.
The two-week international break is quite a dull period for fans of many clubs and a lot of Leeds United supporters will be no different.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side lost their last game before the calendar was halted – a 1-0 defeat by Swansea City at Elland Road, their first Championship defeat in six games this season.
Leeds fans and players will want to resume their promotion bid as soon as possible, but an announcement about Kalvin Phillips might tide over the Elland Road faithful in the meantime.
United’s Managing Director Angus Kinnear confirmed this week that a new contract for Phillips was ‘very close’ [BBC] to being finalised and once announced, it’ll be a massive piece of good news for the club.
As a football decision and a business one, it’s so exciting one for the Whites.
On the field, it demonstrates that the Thorp Arch product is happy to stay at Leeds for a while longer after helping Bielsa’s troops come so close to promotion last season.
Off the pitch, it guarantees that Leeds will get a very hefty sum if he does leave.
Aston Villa reportedly had a £20 million bid for the 23-year-old knocked back during the summer [The Sun, June 30, page 59]. That was when he had two years left on his contract. If Leeds sign him up to a new two-year extension, tying him to the club until 2023 for example, his value only gets higher.
Of course, the fans will want to keep him in West Yorkshire for as long as possible, but it’s important that United are protected financially and signing him up would do precisely that.
They only got £8.5 million for Jack Clarke this summer, which seems a good deal now because of how anonymous he’s been since returning on loan, but long term that could be peanuts in comparison to what he may be worth a few years down the line.
Keeping Phillips in the long term has to be the goal, but Leeds fans can rest easy in the knowledge that their side will be very well compensated if that doesn’t happen.