Kalvin Phillips ‘refuses to join Man Utd’ and stays loyal to Leeds over rivalry
Kalvin Phillips will oppose any endeavour by Manchester United to sign him in the summer.
The Red Devils have hopes of bringing the Leeds ace, 26, to Old Trafford as they look to solidify their midfield. It is thought that the northwest side were readying themselves for a £60million deal this window – but Phillips has thrown his loyalty to his boyhood club, according to the Daily Mail.
The England international is a target for a number of sides, not least United who have ambitions of bringing in Phillips for when their new manager, Erik ten Hag, arrives from Ajax at the end of the season.
Leeds and United share a bitter rivalry and Phillips sees that as part of the reason that he will not betray the Whites, who he has been with since age 14. The last player to make the move from the Yorkshire side to United was Alan Smith in 2004, and before that Rio Ferdinand made the switch.
It has been reported too that Phillips will be signing a contract extension with the club, with FootballTransfers saying that his current club are confident that he will be signing on the dotted line upon the end of the season. Leeds had turned down offers of about £55million from West Ham during the January window. It is believed that Aston Villa and Newcastle are also keen on Phillips.
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Fabrizio Romano had spoken on Gazetta Dello FIVE Youtube show about Phillips’ future, saying that he wasn’t even one of United's top priorities. "Kalvin Phillips is a possibility," he said. "They’re exploring this possibility.”
“It’s not a negotiation between Leeds and Man United yet, let me clarify this point, because I see around about bids and negotiations. It’s not a negotiation.
“He’s just one of the names they have in the list. But he’s not a name that is like the first candidate now or close. He’s one of the candidates, but not the first one.”
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