Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa believes Kalvin Phillips would only leave to join a team where “the connection to where he was born remains intact”, ruling out any interest from Manchester United.
Phillips was born and raised in Leeds, becoming a key player for Bielsa as Los Blancos returned to the Premier League last season.
His performances earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for Euro 2020, before being named England player of the year after an impressive performance.
Phillips’s postings inevitably led to ties to a number of Champions League-level teams. Leeds are trying to counter any doubts with a new long-term contract.
A report has claimed that an unlikely source is interested in the services of Phillip – Manchester United – who are bitter rivals of the Yorkshire club.
Since then, Bielsa has been handed over those claims and said he can only see his star midfielder leave for a club where his reputation remains intact.
“It is very important to us. I saw in him behavior that I rarely see in a player, ”said Bielsa.
“For a player to refuse a club of a higher level because of the love of a club in which he is in is not frequent.
“One day he will stop playing for Leeds and the way he does will convert him to an idol forever. I have a feeling. It is intuition.
“I’m sure he would only leave if he saw that the connection to where he was born remains intact.” He will know how to do this.
The shock option of a move to Manchester could soon be ruled out, with Phillips set to be rewarded for his performance with a new contract at Elland Road.
Speaking to the i, Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp said: “I have had positive discussions with Leeds United throughout the summer on a new contract for Kalvin.
“Talks are ongoing and I can only see a positive result. Kalvin’s desire is to stay at Leeds United and there is a real will on all sides to make it happen.
The 25-year-old has once again been included in England’s Southgate squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and said: “Feelings are still the same for the call, two more important games for him. bring Qatar closer. “
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