Noel Whelan says that Leeds United have got to tie Kalvin Phillips down to a new contract after managing to keep him past the English transfer deadline.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the Whites says that Andrea Radrizzani could be sitting on a player worth £35million at the end of the season, having managed to hold off interest from rival clubs for his signing.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Aston Villa launched a bid to snap up the midfielder’s capture, offering him a significant rise in wages to swap Elland Road for Villa Park.
With Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp confirming contract negotiations are set to resume imminently Whelan says that Leeds have done well to keep their star man on board until at least January.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He needs a new contract, so he’s here for another season. Yes, the window is closed but you’ve got to give the player what he’s worth.
“I’m hoping the club can keep Kalvin happy, give him the contract he deserves for the rest of the season and onwards because they’ll want to see what his worth is. They’ve managed to keep him and I’m sure it wasn’t easy because there were bids on the table.
“You’ve got to pay the kid what he’s worth to keep him away from teams, even in January. You’re investing in a player, you’re investing in somebody who will most likely be reaching the £35million mark next season if he has the same kind of season.”
Phillips, 23, played in all but four of Leeds’ Championship fixtures last season, helping the Whites reach the play-off semi-finals after finishing third in the league.
He has a total of 142 appearances for his boyhood club, having come through the youth ranks at Elland Road.
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