EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Kalvin Phillips has a release clause inserted in his new Leeds United contract, Football Insider can reveal.
United announced yesterday that Phillips, 23, has signed a new five-year contract after they rebuffed “multiple offers in excess of £20million” for him during the summer.
Multiple Leeds sources have told Football Insider that the new deal includes a release clause that can be triggered at the end of the season if the club do not secure promotion to the Premier League.
The buy-out sum is believed to be of between £20million and £25million.
Phillips’ camp insisted upon the clause during negotiations for the five-year deal, which was included after the player rejected earlier offers from the club.
It is common for in-demand players to have release clauses in their contract, and for these to be activated at specific times and for a specific amount of cash.
Phillips has emerged as one of the outstanding players outside of the Premier League, taking his game to new heights since Marcelo Bielsa transformed him into a midfield anchorman last season.
He has made it clear his ambition is to play for boyhood club Leeds in the English top flight, but he will be the subject of strong interest from the Premier League big hitters once again if his side miss out.
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