Kalvin Phillips’ agent has hit out at reports that his release clause has been revealed with Manchester United circling for the Leeds United midfielder, claiming that the details are ‘not true’.
The Whites are currently looking to consolidate their place in the automatic promotion places and have been massively boosted in their push by the return of Kalvin Phillips to holding midfield, seeing their performances lift across the board.
Having come back into the lineup against Brentford, the spotlight has been firmly on the academy graduate and how he would enhance to side, to which he has helped Leeds control games against two promotion rivals, with a draw and a win to move three points clear of third.
Michael Brown revealed to Football Insider that Phillips’ release clause will have increased after signing a new five-year deal with the club, lifting it far above the original £20million valuation.
However, this murmur was quickly quashed by Phillips’ agent, Kevin Sharpe, who had this to say on Twitter about whether Phillips has any clauses in his contract: “Not true, and certainly no one knows any detailed clauses within any of my players’ contracts.”
Unsurprisingly, Phillips has been subject to strong interest ever since Leeds failed to clinch promotion last season, with Manchester United one of the main candidates said to be looking into tabling a bid.
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Accusations from Brown about Leeds inserting a release clause into his contract may seem to be wide of the mark after Sharp rubbished these rumours.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Leeds have a release clause for him though, because the general consensus at Elland Road is that if Leeds fail to go up this season, Phillips will leave for the Premier League.
The holding midfielder is massively important to how Marcelo Bielsa sets up his team and inserting a clause into his contract that can automatically be triggered without Leeds’ intervention doesn’t seem like smart business.
Even though a clause guarantees how much Leeds can get, they could easily hold out for a lot of money for the 24-year-old if a bidding war starts for him.