'Massive' - Danny Mills claims Leeds could sell senior ace after big statement of intent

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Danny Mills claims that Leeds United would be tempted to sell Kalvin Phillips for a “massive” bid despite the statement of intent shown by his new long-term contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the five-year deal penned by the defensive midfielder demonstrates the ambition of both the club and the player at Elland Road.

Phillips’s future was the source of much speculation over the summer transfer window, with the likes of Aston Villa and Bournemouth looking at securing his capture.

Despite the 23-year-old putting pen to paper, Mills says that a big-money offer would still tempt the Whites into cashing in but that the new contract does send an important message to the rest of the footballing world.

Mills told Football Insider: “What we’ve actually seen is that it’s great he’s nailed down. A contract doesn’t actually mean too much. If someone was to come in with a massive bid then obviously Leeds would be tempted to let him go.

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“What it does show is intent from the player, intent from the football club, that everyone is happy. He wants to stay, they want to keep him, that is very important that he has shown that.”

Phillips has played every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign this season, having established himself as a crucial member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.

He has made a total of 149 appearances since breaking through the youth system at Elland Road, with 10 goals under his belt.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that one first-team player is causing Marcelo Bielsa a “huge problem” at Elland Road.