Jermaine Beckford has backed Kalvin Phillips’ recent decision to pledge his long-term future to Leeds United.
Leeds moved to announce Phillips’ contract extension on Monday evening, with the 23-year-old agreeing terms until the summer of 2024 after a period of speculation.
The Whites confirmed in their announcement that they’d knocked back bids in the excess £20m for the defensive midfielder, with Phillips keen to commit to his boyhood club.
In the eyes of Beckford – who famously left Leeds as a free agent to link up with Everton in the Premier League on the back of contract disputes – Phillips has done the right thing by sticking around at Elland Road.
“He made the right decision,” Beckford told Football League World in an exclusive interview with Chief Editor, Sam Rourke.
“He is one of the most vital parts of this Leeds United team.”
In the eyes of the former Elland Road striker, Phillips’ new deal proves a point of where Leeds United want to get to, likening it to the deal that saw Marcelo Bielsa commit to the Whites for a second season.
He continued: “By tying him down, alongside keeping the manager this year, this proves a point that Leeds United are here and are serious about where they want to be in the future.”
Phillips was a regular last season for Leeds as they finished third in the Championship, and has started all eight of this year’s games in league and cup.
That’s taken the 23-year-old to 149 senior appearances for the Whites, which should lead to his 150th outing when Leeds are next in action against Barnsley on Sunday.