Mills: Phillips will 'seriously' consider quitting Leeds for Man United after update
Kalvin Phillips would “seriously” consider swapping Leeds United for Man United, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back claimed Phillips may put rivalry aside to further his “very, very short career”.
The Daily Star reported on September 29 Man United have set their sights on the 25-year-old and want to sign him for £60million.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on September 16 Leeds have opened contract talks with their academy graduate.
And Mills expects a new deal to include a release clause.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I would think if he had other options, he would go elsewhere.
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“Just because I’ve seen players do it before when I was there. Rio Ferdinand went, but Rio was only at Leeds for a season. Alan Smith went and I think the fans understood it but didn’t particularly like it and some will never forgive him for that.
“I understand that because there will always be a bitter rivalry between the two.
“Would he fit in Manchester United’s team? Would he play? Without a shadow of a doubt, yes. Would he improve them? Yes.
“Whether you like it or not as a Leeds fan, Manchester United are a global entity, you can’t argue with that.
“I would think this new contract will have a buyout clause in there, some sort of trigger clause.
“The lad that he is, huge Leeds fan, knowing what it would do if he was to leave and he had other options, I think he might well look at those other options first.
“Kalvin Phillips has one career, one shot at it. Stepping away from the rivalries, if he was to leave and that was an option, you have to look at it. You can’t just ignore it because of loyalties and growing up as a Leeds fan.
“It’s a very, very short career. As hard as it might be and he’d take some stick for it, you’d have to look at it and think about it seriously.”