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Leeds: Kalvin Phillips not seeking exit from Elland Road

Leeds United are in danger of losing some of their key performers when the transfer window opens, an eventuality that could leave Jesse Marsch rather crestfallen.

Raphinha is constantly linked with the exit door while there are also worries concerning Kalvin Phillips.

What’s the word?

On Thursday afternoon Manchester United’s interest in Phillips became a little more concrete with the Manchester Evening News’ reporter, Samuel Luckhurst revealing on Twitter that a deal is being worked on.

However, journalist Jacque Talbot has since shared that the England international may well be keen on staying at Elland Road.

He said: “The way I’ve been told is that Kalvin Phillips is not seeking a move away from LUFC and will be signing a long-term extension with the club in the summer once the club’s Premier League status is secured. The midfielder loves Leeds so chance of a move to a close rival is scarce.”

Exciting news

The idea that Phillips could stay in Yorkshire beyond this summer should come as a hugely exciting piece of news for the Leeds faithful.

After all, this is a player who is improving rapidly and is now also an important cog in the wheel of Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Will Phillips stay at Leeds?

No chance!

No chance!

Definitely!

Definitely!

He featured in every match on route to the European Championship final last summer and even if he has spent large portions of the current campaign out injured, he is still hugely vital to their cause.

Only one midfielder, Adam Forshaw, has made more than his 2.2 tackles per match in the Premier League throughout 2021/22, while Phillips also ranks among Europe’s elite in some key areas of the game.

In comparison to players in the same position across the continent’s top five leagues, he is in the top 1% of midfielders for pressures per 90 with 30.49, a statistic that demonstrates how equipped he is to deal with the demand of modern tactics.

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Meanwhile, the 26-year-old ranks in the top 3% for blocks, the top 7% for long passes completed and the top 9% for tackles completed, making him the perfect deep-lying midfielder.

As a result, the thought that he won’t push for a move is likely to delight everyone associated with Leeds.

AND in other news, Orta can now axe “awful” £55k-p/w flop as Leeds eye “underrated” £12.5m-rated “threat”…

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