EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have re-opened contract talks with Kalvin Phillips this week, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship leaders have resumed negotiations with the 23-year-old after he rejected their opening contract offer earlier in the summer.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are confident an announcement will be made over Phillips’ future in the next week.
Football Insider revealed earlier this summer that Phillips is holding out for a new deal that will lift him into the same salary bracket as the club’s top two player earners, Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.
The duo were both handed £40,000-a-week deals by United, last summer and in January respectively, which has created an imbalance in the dressing room.
Phillips, who is a lifelong Leeds fan and product of the club’s academy, is seeking a four or five-year deal that would be worth up to £10million, a significant sum for a Championship club.
Football Insider broke the news early last month that the midfield anchorman had knocked back Leeds’ opening offer following initial talks over a long-term contract extension.
Phillips has made an impressive start to the new season for Leeds, who top the Championship table after five matches.
He has played the full 90 minutes in each of those games, as well as the League Cup fixtures against Stoke City and Salford City.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has shared his fears about Bielsa’s treatment of Whites ever-present that he considers a “massive issue”.