KALVIN PHILLIPS is reportedly ‘close’ to signing a new Leeds contract to fend off transfer interest from Manchester United.
Reports this week suggested the Red Devils would make a move for Phillips after giving up on landing Declan Rice.
England star Kalvin Phillips is expected to pen a new deal at boyhood club Leeds[/caption]
But with United initially thought to need to stump up £60million for the midfielder, they now look set to miss out completely as the local hero commits his future to the club.
And now Phillips’ agent has confirmed an agreement is almost in place.
He told The Telegraph: “I can only see a positive outcome.
“Kalvin’s desire is to stay at Leeds and there is a real willingness from all sides to make it happen.”
Phillips, 25, is already securing legendary status in Leeds.
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He was born in the city, came through the youth ranks and played 218 times for the Whites – helping them back into the Premier League and then establishing themselves under Marcelo Bielsa last season.
Gareth Southgate rates the energetic Phillips highly and trusted him to play a key role in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final this summer.
The Yorkshire Pirlo – currently under contract at Elland Road until 2024 – was named England Men’s Player of the Year for last season.
Speaking about the 17-cap Three Lions star’s future, Bielsa said: “I’m sure the day he leaves Leeds and the way that he does it, far from provoking disappointment – of course it will generate disappointment – but it’s going to solidify his link to the club, the people and the city.
“I’m sure he would only leave if it’s guaranteed that the link to the place where he was born remains intact. He will know how to do it.”
Asked whether he is confident he would remain at Leeds, he added: “That’s a question Kalvin needs to answer.
Kalvin will definitely always be loved in the place where he was born and where he belongs
“Of course for us he’s a very valuable player. We have to adapt ourselves to how he feels belonging to Leeds.
“I have seen in him a conduct that I have very rarely seen in a player in how football is right now.
“For a player to climb to the level he is at, due to the love of the club he’s at, is not frequent.
“I have a certainty that Kalvin is going to enjoy for the rest of his life, the decisions he’s going to make.
“He will definitely always be loved in the place where he was born and where he belongs.
“When you go for the money or for the evolution, you resolve a moment in your sporting career.
“But when you opt for the affection of your people, you resolve your life forever because when you’re loved where you’re from, the possibilities to be happy increase.”
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