'It'd take Astronomical figure' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to £50m Leeds transfer report
Noel Whelan is confident that Leeds United will keep hold of Kalvin Phillips despite reported interest from Liverpool and Tottenham.
The former Whites and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, conceded that “money talks” but said it would take “an astronomical figure” to tempt the club into selling the 24-year-old.
The Mirror claim that the Premier League champions, along with Spurs, are keeping close tabs on the centre-midfielder with an eye to a move a £50million move next summer.
Phillips, who was yesterday ruled out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, recently earned his first England caps after impressing Gareth Southgate over the past 12 months.
Whelan is adamant that Elland Road is the “best” place for the midfielder.
“Look, Leeds do not need to sell him,” he told Football Insider. “That is the way it is.
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“We are not a selling club anymore. We are in the Premier League and if we are going to be successful and hit the heights that we hope to, it is imperative that we keep Kalvin Phillips.
“Speculation will happen and I know money talks but Kalvin is a Leeds lad who pledged his contract to the club by signing a new contract.
“To get him away from Leeds right now would take an astronomical figure. Otherwise Leeds would not even contemplate the idea of selling him next summer.”
“He looks like he is enjoying his football at Leeds and he is now getting the recognition that he deserves from England as well. Gareth Southgate was there again on Monday night watching him. Kalvin is at the club which is best for him.”
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