By Alex McLeish

1st Oct, 2021 | 1:00pm

Leeds and Phillips have 'mutual understanding' amid update on contract talks - ex-manager

Alex McLeish has backed Kalvin Phillips to commit to a new long-term contract at Leeds United with talks underway.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested there is a “mutual understanding” between player and club over his status at Elland Road.

As first revealed by Football Insider (16th September), Leeds have opened discussions over a new deal with the midfielder.

Phillips’ agent, Kevin Sharp, has since confirmed to the Telegraph, the 25-year-old’s desire is to remain at Elland Road.

He revealed he “can only see a positive outcome” in negotiations between the parties.

The midfielder’s current terms, signed back in 2019 when Leeds were still in the Championship, expire in 2024.

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McLeish admitted potential interest from a “mega club” could throw a spanner in the works.

However, he still tipped the England international to tie himself down at Elland Road.

“He has been outstanding,” McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge.

“I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t stay at Leeds.

“He looks happy there, the position, what they’ve done for him, what he’s done for them. There’s a mutual understanding there, I would feel.

“Unless one of the mega clubs comes in, you still have to be wary of that.

“But certainly in terms of his Leeds contract, I would think they’d be looking to tie him down ASAP.”

A graduate of Leeds’ youth ranks, Phillips has played 218 times for the Yorkshire giants to date.

He has made a total of 34 Premier League appearances, while he also has 17 England caps under his belt.

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