Kalvin Phillips has been included in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad ahead of the Euros and former Leeds United midfielder, David Norris, believes that the 25-year old’s future could be away from Elland Road.
Phillips is an academy graduate at Leeds, something which makes playing for the club just that little bit more special given his already close ties with them, and if reports are to be believed influential figure Marcelo Bielsa is set to stay at Elland Road next season.
The midfielder has been in every England squad this season and despite a shoulder injury which was initially feared to be serious, Phillips looks set for a spot on the plane and his importance and influence has been more evident when not on the pitch as Leeds have failed to win seven out of the nine games that he has missed.
Since Bielsa was appointed as manager at Elland Road in 2018, Phillips has made 117 appearances for Leeds such is Bielsa’s trust in the midfielder, and the manager’s future could have an impact on what Phillips decides to do this summer according to Norris, who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“He loves Kalvin and talks well of him. Phillips is obviously a big part of his thought process in terms of team selection. So, if Bielsa goes, then Kalvin, might think that now is the time to move on.
“So, that could change it if Bielsa goes, but ultimately, I think both of them will end up staying.”
Despite a lot of silence from both Bielsa and Leeds, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel as the Argentine is set to sign a new contract which will keep him at the club heading into next season.
Leeds finished in the top half of the Premier League and will be looking to kick on next season and attempt to disrupt the top six spots and try to bring back European nights at Elland Road.