Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
In a recent article for Caught Offside, the Italian journalist suggested that, despite both Manchester United and Manchester City being heavily linked with a move for the 26-year-old this summer, the England international could still end up remaining at Elland Road beyond the closure of the transfer window in September.
In his article, Romano wrote: “Kalvin Phillips hasn’t made any decisions about his future yet. Manchester United have his name on the list but he is not a priority for them, even because the player would not want to ‘betray’ Leeds.
“In fact, the England international does not rule out staying at Leeds for another year after they secured survival in the Premier League, but this will depend on the proposals that come in for him.
“Manchester City are interested, but after taking on Erling Haaland they will not invest insane amounts on a new midfielder to replace the departing Fernandinho. But, Phillips wants to wait before the talks enter the decisive stages.”
Considering how important a part of the Leeds midfield Phillips is, Romano’s suggestion that the Whites academy graduate could end up staying at his boyhood club for at least one more year is sure to be news that will leave the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, while a hamstring injury severely limited the £45m-rated talent’s game time this season, the deep-lying playmaker highly impressed over his 29 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, bagging one goal, registering two assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.2 key passes, taking 0.5 shots and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.
The £38k-per-week midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.6 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, 1.7 clearances, completing 41.0 passes and winning 5.3 duels – at a success rate of 52% – per fixture.
These returns saw the 19-time capped international earn a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.21, not only ranking him as Marcelo Bielsa’s best player in the top flight but also as the ninth-best midfielder in the league as a whole.
As such, it is clear to see that, should Jesse Marsch’s side indeed be able to retain the services of the 26-year-old heading into 2022/23, it would undoubtedly come as a huge boost to the Whites’ chances of success next season – a prospect that will certainly delight everyone involved with the club.