By Danny Mills

12th Oct, 2020 | 10:00am

Exclusive: Mills drops worrying Phillips-Leeds transfer claim after key developments

Danny Mills claims “big clubs will come knocking” sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips next year if he maintains his impressive form for club and country.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international claimed that the days of players staying at one club for their entire career “are gone”.

Phillips, 24, earned his third England cap as a substitute in the 2-1 win against Belgium last night in what was his second international appearance in a few days.

The centre-midfielder has not missed a single minute of Premier League action this season with Marcelo Bielsa’s side impressing upon their long-awaited return to the division.

He still has four years remaining on his contract at Elland Road having penned a new five-year deal in September of last year.

When asked by Football Insider if Phillips’ displays at international level will be catching the eye of potential suitors, Mills said:

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“Big clubs will come knocking next year if he continues to perform.

“There are not too many great holding midfield players around at the moment, especially not young ones. Declan Rice is an obvious one but apart from that there are not many about.

“That is what you want though because if teams are coming in for you players then it means that your player is doing well. It has to be taken as a compliment.

“Very few players stay one club for the entirety of their career. You look at Gerrard, Messi and there are not too many others. Those days have gone.

“But if Leeds continue to do well, why would he go?”

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