Leeds United remain well on course to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League this term under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.
The Whites are currently sat top of the Championship table, and are seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with just nine games remaining in this year’s campaign.
One player that has been a key member of this strong league campaign to date is Kalvin Phillips, who has made 34 appearances in all competitions this term for Leeds.
Phillips has been previously linked with a move away from Elland Road, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa interested in signing him according to a report from The Sun.
But the midfielder committed his future to the club back in September 2019, much to the delight of the club’s supporters.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds man Danny Mills expects Phillips to depart if he is to further his ambitions of playing in the England senior team.
“Kalvin is a Leeds lad and we know how important Leeds will be to him and how special it would be to get promoted.
“Realistically, he will be looking to play for England in the next few years and I doubt Leeds will be challenging for the Champions League or title in the next three seasons.
“You look at Gerrard, Carragher, and Terry but they were winning things – that is why they stayed.”
Mills went on to admit that he wouldn’t be surprised if Phillips was to leave the club in the future, and labelled it as a no-brainer if to depart if another club came in with an offer for the midfielder.
“If a massive club comes in with a big bid and trebles his wages – it is a no brainer. As much as you love the club, it is a no brainer.
“Football is a business and when we come out of this current situation it will be more of a business. Every player has their price.”
Due to recent events, Leeds aren’t due back in action until the 2nd May, when they’re due to host Charlton Athletic at Elland Road, although that scheduled return date could be pushed further back if the off-the-field crisis is to worsen in the coming weeks.
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I have to agree with Mills here.
Phillips has been brilliant for Leeds in the last couple of seasons, and his impressive performances haven’t gone unnoticed as Premier League clubs have already expressed an interest in landing his signature.
If Leeds are to win promotion this season, then I’d expect him to stick around for at least a full season with Marcelo Bielsa’s side before even contemplating a move elsewhere.
He’s more than good enough to play for a top-six side in the Premier League in the future, but he’ll have to keep his head down and continue to impress for Leeds at this moment in time.