Leeds United legacy of Phillips may be ruined after Man United update

By Danny Mills

10th Apr, 2022 | 11:54am

Kalvin Phillips may be set to ruin Leeds United legacy after Man United update - Danny Mills

Kalvin Phillips will ruin his relationship with the Leeds United fans if he joins Man United in the summer, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back claimed Phillips will look into a move to Man United if he is presented with an offer.

The Manchester Evening News reported on Thursday (7 April) that the Old Trafford club are working on a deal to sign the 26-year-old.

The Reds have made a defensive midfielder their summer priority and are hoping to take advantage of Phillips’ contract situation.

His current deal expires in 2024 and negotiations over a new one have become protracted.

“Will it ruin his relationship [with Leeds fans]? Without a shadow of a doubt,” Mills told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“People will say ‘It won’t happen, It can’t happen’. Well, it has happened in the past.

“Rio [Ferdinand] did it. He was only there for a year but Leeds gave him his big break, Manchester United came in and he moved on and went on to much bigger and better things.

“Alan Smith did it. The club was in a dire financial situation at the time but Smithy was die-hard Leeds. He had come through the system, not too dissimilar to Kalvin. He was a Leeds lad, a Leeds fan. People will say it’s different because he was from Rothwell, really? He was still a Leeds fan.

“As much as Leeds fans will hate it and hate me saying it if Man United come in for him and Erik Ten Hag is building something new with him as one of the key players, it would be very, very difficult for him not to look at that opportunity.

“If you are offered the opportunity I don’t think you can’t look at it. That’s where it becomes very difficult.

“If Man United bring in Ten Hag there’s every chance they can build for the future around Kalvin.

“Leeds fans will say they are building something. It will take Leeds a lot longer to get to the Champions League places and win those big trophies than it will for Man United.”

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