Leeds ready to make Phillips club’s highest earner to fend off Man Utd interest


Leeds United are ready to double Manchester United target Kalvin Phillips’ wages at Elland Road in a change that will see him take home around £100,000 per week

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Kalvin Phillips is edging closer to signing a new and improved deal that will make him the highest earner at Leeds United.

With Manchester United keen on the England midfielder, he is now set to double his wages at Elland Road in a change that will see him on around £100,000 a week.

Phillips’ contract, signed in September 2019, keeps him at Leeds until 2024.

His agent Kevin Sharp said: “I’ve had positive discussions with Leeds throughout the summer on a new contract for Kalvin.

“I can only see a positive outcome. Kalvin’s desire is to stay, and there is a real willingness from all sides to make it happen.”

Leeds United are willing to double Kalvin Phillips’ wages

Asked about the prospect of Phillips going to Old Trafford, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said: “Kalvin will face these decisions all his life.

“When you go for the money, or you go for the evolution, you resolve a moment in your career.

“When you opt for the affection of those people who love you, then the possibilities to be happy increase.”

Phillips is a key cog in Bielsa’s side and he proved equally important for England this summer, forming a rock-solid partnership with Declan Rice as they reached the final of Euro 2020.

The 25-year-old has made eight appearances in all competitions this season, helping Leeds keep their first Premier League clean sheet in a 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday.

Phillips – who got off the mark for the season in a Carabao Cup win over Crewe Alexandra in August – now turns his attention to the international break.

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England are due to face Andorra and Hungary in World Cup qualifiers over the next fortnight and Phillips is keen for the Three Lions to issue a statement of their intent ahead of next year’s competition proper.

“After the Euros, we felt we knew what it took to win and lose the big games,” Phillips told Metro . “We just want to prove everybody wrong. I think a lot of people want us to fall or to lose in qualifiers.

“We have come out and shown the rest of the world what we’re all about and we are not going to lie down on our backs after being beaten in the final. We’re going to try to win (the World Cup).”

With Phillips poised to sign a new contract at Elland Road, Manchester United will be forced to look elsewhere in their bid to sign a defensive midfielder.

They could rekindle their interest in Rice having shelved their pursuit of the West Ham United vice-captain to focus their efforts on Phillips.

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