Leeds United news: Expert issues Kalvin Phillips exit claim amid agent 'uncertainty'
Kalvin Phillips will be holding off on signing a new Leeds United deal in order to gauge potential interest ahead of the summer window, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Aston Villa boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 26-year-old could be tempted to join the Midlands club if their interest materialises at the end of the season.
According to the Daily Mail (4 April), Phillips has told Leeds United he wants to stay at the club – but any talks have been shelved with the midfielder currently in the process of changing agents.
The report claims Aston Villa and Newcastle are willing to test the Whites’ resolve this summer.
Phillips is under contract at Elland Road until 2024.
McLeish suggested the Aston Villa project could tempt the England international away from the relegation-threatened side.
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“There’s so much uncertainty,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“The player himself will be in a conundrum – does he stay or does he go?
“I suspect he’ll be holding on to see what interest comes.
“Let’s face it, if Aston Villa come in then Phillips may well want to be part of that train which is taking Villa to new heights.
“That is food for thought for Villa, or possibly even a top-four club. The decision rests with the player and the people who surround him.”
As revealed by Football Insider last month (21 March), West Ham are also plotting a summer raid for Phillips.
The midfielder has made just 16 appearances this term after suffering a hamstring injury in December 2021.