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Leeds’ plans for wanted target revealed

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Leeds will look to resist any bid of £14million made by Premier League bound Aston Villa for midfielder Kalvin Phillips, The Daily Mirror have reported.

It was reported by the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that Villa were lining up an offer worth £14million for Phillips following their promotion to the Premier League.

Having only narrowly missed out on promotion themselves last season following a play-off semi final defeat to Derby, Leeds will have their own promotion aspirations next season, and Phillips will likely have a big part to play in that.

As a result, it is thought that Leeds are preparing to turn down Villa’s approach for the midfielder, with the Elland Road side said to want at least £20million for the midfielder, who they see as their most valuable asset alongside 18-year-old Jack Clarke.

A graduate of Leeds’ academy, Phillips has made 141 appearances in all competitions for the club, and was named in the EFL’s Championship Team of the Year for his performances in Leeds’ promotion campaign last season.

With two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road, Leeds are not currently under any pressure to sell Phillips in the coming months.

The verdict

This is the right move from Leeds.

Phillips was outstanding in the centre of the park for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, so will surely play a key role again in the coming campaign.

It is understandable therefore that Leeds will resist this bid, given the financial prize on offer for reaching the Premier League, and the potential cost of finding a replacement for Phillips.

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