'Don't do it' - Whelan pleads with Leeds player to snub Norwich move after big development
Noel Whelan has urged Kalvin Phillips to snub a summer move to Norwich City and remain at Leeds United for one more season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed joining Norwich might be a retrograde step for the central midfielder as they could be relegated in their first season back in the Premier League.
Whelan also suggested that transfers to Phillips’ other current suitors Bournemouth and Southampton may also backfire as he might not play regularly enough.
The 23-year-old’s future is up in the air in the wake of Leeds’ play-off heartache and he is attracting widespread Premier League interest, with Football Insider revealing earlier this week that Norwich have joined Bournemouth and Southampton in the race to sign him and are preparing to submit bids.
Asked by Football Insider what his message would be to Phillips, Whelan said: “Don’t do it, you’re better off at Leeds. I’m not sure he would play regularly at Southampton or Bournemouth, they’ve already got quality central midfielders.
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“Maybe Norwich, he would play regularly, but they will struggle to stay in the Premier League. Would he be going anywhere better?
“It might be one season in the Premier League for Norwich and they could be going down in 12 months and Leeds could be going up. Are Norwich going to be competitive in the Premier League? I’m not so sure.”
Phillips has held crunch talks about his future with the Leeds hierarchy about his future in the last 48 hours.
He has just completed the best campaign of his career as he was named in the official Football League team of the season as well as the Leeds player of the year in the face of stiff competition.
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