Leeds plan contract talks with Kalvin Phillips, would be most important of summer

According to Football Insider, Leeds United will hold contract talks with star midfielder Kalvin Phillips at the end of the season, and convincing him to sign a new and improved extension would be their most important deal of the summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 23-year-old’s current contract at Elland Road is due to expire at the conclusion of the 2020/2021 campaign, and while discussions between the two parties were underway at the beginning of the season, Football Insider say they were put on the backburner at the beginning of 2019.

Now the same source reveals that the Yorkshire outfit will wait until May at the very earliest to try and tie one of their key players down, with Premier League clubs beginning to circle.

The Whites may be waiting to see which division they find themselves in before making their offer, and that is probably a sensible decision given the Championship situation they currently find themselves in.

Best deal of the summer

Whether Leeds go up or remain in England’s second tier, ensuring Phillips commits his future to them will be their most important achievement in the close season.

The 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds under the leadership of Marcelo Bielsa, and is absolutely perfect for the defensive midfield role in a side managed by the Argentine.

As well as that, the midfielder is also capable of filling in well at centre-back too, and has generally been such a vital cog for the promotion hopefuls in his 34 Championship outings so far this term.

When he has been absent in midfield – whether he has been in the backline or unavailable – the Yorkshire club haven’t looked the same, and in that respect Phillips is a crucial player they can’t afford to risk losing.