EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have put all contract talks with a number of their first-team stars, including Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe on hold, Football Insider sources understands.
The Championship giants opened talks with Phillips and Roofe at the start of the season, but have yet to tie down the key duo to new long-term deals raising fears they could quit the club and be lured away from Elland Road.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have informed the players’ representatives that contract talks have now been put on the backburner for the foreseeable future with no date given for when talks may resume.
The delay and uncertainty surrounding the contract talks for the duo has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert with Roofe and Phillips both attracting interest from a number of clubs in the top flight.
The pair have been instrumental in Leeds’ push for promotion this season and have established themselves as key members of Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI.
Roofe, who is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Leeds after joining the club from Oxford United in the summer of 2016, has scored eight goals in 14 Championship appearances so far this campaign.
Midfielder Phillips, who has made 22 appearances in all competitions this season, is under contract until 2021.
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