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Exclusive: Stephen Warnock discusses potential Leeds United exits ahead of summer



Regardless of which division Leeds United find themselves in next season, the Elland Road faithful will be desperate for the club to keep hold of their star players beyond the summer.

The Whites have endured a remarkable season under Marcelo Bielsa, with plenty of players stepping up to the plate under the Argentine and giving fans their best season in years.

Kalvin Phillips is one of many players that have come up leaps and bounds under Bielsa this season – the midfielder has been such an important player for the Whites this term, and was rightfully given a place in the Championship Team of the Season after a string of impressive performances.

Another academy graduate, Jack Clarke, has also been a breath of fresh air at Elland Road this season, and although he may have gone somewhat off the boil in the second half of the campaign, he has a massive future ahead of him for sure.

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And it seems as if the duo’s form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with reports from Football Insider claiming that Premier League side AFC Bournemouth are lining up a £25million move for the pair in the summer.

£25million is a sum of money that Leeds fans have become unfamiliar with in recent years, and although it remains to be seen whether a bid will be considered by the club in the summer, we exclusively caught up with former Leeds man Stephen Warnock to discuss it.

He said: “I think if Leeds go up, neither of them will leave. If you’re playing Premier League football for Leeds United, there’s not many bigger clubs within the Premier League.

“The only thing that will tempt them to leave is if they don’t go up, that’s something that they’ll have to decide on then. Playing Premier League football is what every kid dreams of doing, and they will be no different.

“Kalvin, especially, is a very good player. He was a good player when I was at the club, but he’s gone up another level under Bielsa.”

AFC Bournemouth is a place where plenty of players from the Championship have gone to in recent years, with the likes of David Brooks and former Leeds man Lewis Cook all becoming key players for the Cherries.

And if they were to leave Leeds, Warnock certainly believes that the Vitality Stadium would be the perfect top-flight destination for the duo.

“I think when you look at Eddie Howe and how he develops players, then it’s one of them where you’re still going to be coached as a player. Often, you can go to a team where managers just manage their team and don’t develop you any more.

“Because they are such young players, they need to progress and keep on learning, and Eddie Howe certainly has had that pedigree.”

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