Leeds United are in ongoing talks regarding a new deal for central midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
That’s according to a recent report by The Telegraph, who claim that, despite the interest of Manchester City, Liverpool and Aston Villa, Victor Orta is in ongoing talks with the 26-year-old concerning an extension of his current contract at Elland Road.
The report goes on to state that, despite the midfielder being high on Pep Guardiola’s transfer wishlist and Jurgen Klopp also keeping a very close eye on the situation of the England international this summer, an exit from LS11 is not guaranteed in the coming months.
Considering the world-class player that Phillips has developed into over the past few seasons, the news that the midfielder could end up staying at Elland Road beyond the closure of the summer transfer window on September 1 is sure to have left supporters of the club buzzing.
Indeed, the £45m-rated talent undoubtedly proved his ability at the highest level of the English game over his 29 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, scoring one goal, providing 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 who Lewis Cook dubbed “unreal” 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 26-year-old earn a rather astonishing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.21, not only ranking him as his club’s best performer in the league but also as the ninth-best midfielder in the division as a whole.
Furthermore, while a hamstring injury limited his game time in 2021/22, the 19-time capped international still managed to impress over his 20 league fixtures, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 2.7 tackles, 38.9 passes, 3.5 long balls and winning 4.5 duels per game.
As such, it is clear for all to see just how huge a coup retaining the services of Phillips would be for Leeds this summer, with the fact that Orta is discussing the possibility of a new deal for the Whites’ academy product undoubtedly being fantastic news for everyone involved with the club.