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According to The Sun, Kalvin Phillips is willing to force himself out of Leeds in a bid to get a move to Aston Villa.
Phillips’ potential move away from Leeds has been one of the sagas of the summer from their perspective.
Whether he’ll stay has been uncertain for a while after Wolves and Bournemouth were also credited with interest back at the start of July.
However, it’s now been suggested that Phillips could be willing to force his way out of the club. The same report claims he could sit it out at Elland Road in 2018/19 before reviewing his future in a year.
Losing Phillips would be a bitter blow to the Whites and the very fact they were demanding £30m for him earlier in the summer tells the story of how important he is to the side.
Under Marcelo Bielsa last term, he featured in defensive midfield, as well at centre back as he proved to be a crucial part of the team.
Interest from the Premier League is evidence of just how much he impressed.
But the fact is that if Phillips will again consider his future next summer when he’ll only have a year left on his contract, Leeds could be in great danger of receiving far less for his services.
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Paul Bell hinted that Pontus Jansson was moved on due to financial fair play and if this is an issue, the club are surely better off moving him on now, than they would be for a cut-price deal.
The Sun suggests Villa won’t go over £15m in their pursuit for Phillips and as such, they’ll have to reconsider their £30m valuation.
After all, he’ll be worth far less if he continues to stall over signing a new contract.
If he has desires of leaving, this might just be a player Leeds have to bite the bullet on.