Pundit View: Leeds will be hoping Mills is right about Phillips

Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills has claimed that Leeds United offering a new contract to Kalvin Phillips could convince him to stay at Elland Road.

The defensive midfielder hasn’t been short of Premier League interest this summer with Bournemouth and Norwich linked, but the former England international is hoping that he will want to stay with his current club after being assured that he will be offered a new contract.

What’s been said then?

The former United defender spoke to Football Insider about the 23-year-old being offered a new deal.

“It will be a huge boost to Kalvin Phillips that the club want to keep him and give him a new deal,” Mills said. “He will be thinking, ‘great, the club I love want me’ and, believe me, that really does matter.

“Players want what they are worth, and also want to play week in, week out. If you are a young player and getting good advice from your agent, the aim should be to get as much money as you can from the club you are at and to play every week.

“Phillips might not be a regular starter at a Premier League club, so he could stay at Leeds for another season, improve his game under Marcelo Bielsa and then treble his wages by moving to the Premier League in a year’s time when he is in a better position to play every week.”

Hope he’s right

The Whites have definitely made the right decision in offering the midfield general a new deal as his performances have warranted a wage increase, and a longer contract increases his value in the transfer market. Now Leeds will be hoping that Danny Mills is right about their star man’s mindset.

The allure of the Premier League is obvious, and last season Phillips proved he is good enough to make the step up.

More money and the potential to make a mark on the international stage may be irresistible, but if Mills is right with his view and the midfielder chooses to stay at his boyhood club it will be a huge boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.