Danny Mills has claimed that Leeds United’s promotion uncertainty last season has hampered their plans to tie Kalvin Phillips down to a new contract at Elland Road.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Whites board will have had two plans in place depending on whether they would be playing Premier League football or not.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men looked on course for automatic promotion late on but instead had to try and seal a place in the top flight via the play-offs, with defeat to Derby County ending their hopes for another season.
Mills says that talks with Phillips are likely to have suffered a setback as a result, with Football Insider exclusively revealing in July that the midfield ace had turned down a new contract offer from the club.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think when you’re that close to promotion, you’re always looking at what might happen – if we get promoted or if we don’t get promoted and those kind of things.
“It’s never easy when you’re up there or thereabouts because when you get promoted, look at what Aston Villa have done, one plan for promotion, one plan if not and the two are miles apart in terms of finances.
“That probably is what hampered those talks.”
Despite a number of sides looking to sign Phillips over the summer, with Aston Villa tabling a late offer for his capture, the Leeds star has remained at Elland Road after Thursday’s deadline passed.