01/10/2021; 11:33 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
Marcelo Bielsa is not deluding himself on the chances of keeping the English international at Elland Road.
Kalvin Phillips has seen his stock rise in recent years, and it seems only a matter of time before the English international departs his current club Leeds United.
Every player dreams of the big clubs and playing in the biggest tournaments, and Kalvin Phillips is no different. The Leeds United midfielder has put up some excellent displays that have drawn attention his way.
Having played for England at EURO 2020, where he helped the team to the final, the 25-year-old midfielder will find it hard to resist the attention he is receiving. The midfielder is a strong feature of the only club he has played for, Leeds United, but with interest coming from Old Trafford, it seems a matter of time before he swaps white for the red of United.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has remained coy over the midfielders' future. He wants the player to stay at Leeds but isn't sure he can resist the lure of the bright lights.
Manchester United have a midfield problem. The team needs a defensive midfielder.
The Red Devils have a few options to fill the hole in the team. Declan Rice was top of the bill, but the Hammers are not playing it easy. West Ham have slammed a minimum of £100 million on the highly-rated midfielder.
PSG star Verratti came up recently as a viable option, but it is like climbing a hill on the steep side. Other teams have found how difficult it is to lure a player from the grasps of the Parisian club.
Kalvin Phillips is a more pragmatic option, and the Old Trafford outfit have turned their gaze in thatction.
Phillips has become a regular face in the Three Lions under Gareth Southgate. The speculations over his future at Leeds have refused to die.
His agent has talked up the possibility of a contract extension at Elland Road. In an interview with The Telegraph as cited by Metro, the player's agent Kevin Sharp claimed to have had positive discussions with Leeds over a new contract for Kalvin. He claims talks are still ongoing.
According to him, there will be a positive outcome as all parties have shown a real desire to see it happen.
Marcelo Bielsa has been less forthcoming in his assessment of the situation. The Argentine gaffer was categorical in his desire for Kalvin. The Leeds manager has no intention of losing the midfielder, but he is under no illusions about the temptations the player faces.
He said whether to stay or leave is entirely up to Kalvin, but he confessed it is rare to reject a big move to stay at a smaller club.
Phillips' current contract will expire in 2024, but an improved extension is highly likely.