There is no guarantee that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will renew his contract with the club, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The 25-year-old has risen through the ranks at his boyhood club after making his first-team debut back in 2015, scoring 14 goals and providing 13 assists in 222 appearances for the Whites.
Phillips’ outstanding performances at club level have seen him become an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s England setup in recent months, playing every match in the Three Lions’ run to the Euro 2020 final.
However, his eye-catching displays have reportedly caught the eye of several impressed onlookers, with both Manchester United and Liverpool listed as potential suitors for the engine room operator.
And despite the fact that Phillips’ current contract is not set to expire until the summer of 2024, intense debate over his immediate future has already begun.
Ranks FC transfer analyst Jones revealed he’s not confident that Leeds will be able to tie their prized asset down to fresh terms, claiming the Yorkshire outfit are becoming ‘concerned’ over the situation.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think that will definitely go through at all. I think they’re starting to be a bit concerned about it.”
With Leeds currently hovering just three points above the Premier League relegation zone, Philips could be vital to their future prospects and his departure may well prove fatal for their top-flight status.
Last season, the England international was vital to the success of Bielsa’s charges. As per WhoScored, the midfielder averaged 2.6 tackles per league game in 2020/21, 1.6 interceptions and 1.2 defensive dribbles.
Those statistics placed Phillips in the top four for each metric amongst his teammates who started a Premier League game, highlighting his influence over proceedings for Bielsa’s charges.
Their lack of replacements for the Three Lions gem is also a concern, with Adam Forshaw only just returning to the side and Mateusz Klich the wrong side of 30.
Therefore, Leeds supporters will be desperately hoping the £38,000-per-week maestro extends his stay with his hometown side, providing a significant boost to their chances of survival and then building upon that for many years to come.