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Reports from Football Insider have stated that Kalvin Phillips has rejected Leeds’ contract offer as it is a long way off what he is expecting.
The 23-year-old was one of the most important players for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, but his performances on the pitch aren’t the only reason Leeds need to keep him.
It was reported towards the end of last week that the Whites were readying a new contract for their star man, but now it seems that it has been rejected.
Of course, Phillips is one of Leeds’ best players. He earned himself a spot in the EFL’s Team of the Season, and he has gained admiration from a number of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa and Bournemouth.
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There is a real possibility that the midfielder will join Dean Smith’s side this summer, but Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani can’t afford to let that happen.
Leeds have already sold Pontus Jansson this summer, and there are also reports that Kemar Roofe could be on his way out. The confirmed exit and the rumoured exit have infuriated the fanbase, and taking a look at the supporters’ reactions when Phillips was linked with a move away shows that news of his sale would bring about a similar meltdown.
The Elland Road faithful are amongst the most loyal and supportive fans in the entire country, but if they lose Phillips you could completely understand if they turned on Radrizzani and his right-hand man.
Indeed, Leeds must throw whatever they can at Phillips to try and persuade him to stay at the club this summer, or else the men in charge face serious backlash from the fanbase if they sell yet another key player.