Mills predicts Phillips could quit Leeds just like Alan Smith when 'huge offer is on the table'
Kalvin Phillips will have a serious think about his Leeds United future if he is presented with a serious offer to leave, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted it is very easy for Phillips to be loyal when he has no alternative.
The England star’s agent told the Mirror earlier this month (20 June print edition, p76) he has no desire to quit Elland Road.
Phillips has caught the eye of the nation after starting in all three of England’s group games at the European Championship.
“I think we hope he stays at Leeds,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“That’s what everybody wants, he’s been fantastic for Leeds.
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“He’s a Leeds lad, he’s very humble and loves playing for Leeds. That’s what you want.
“But you also have to be very realistic in football and understand if he keeps progressing the way that he is then he’s going to attract the attention of some very big clubs here and abroad.
“It’s very easy to say ‘I’m going to stay at Leeds, it’s not an issue.’ Until somebody puts that offer on the table it’s different.
“As much as he loves Leeds, as loyal as he wants to be, while there are no offers it’s very easy to say ‘I want to carry on here.’ Suddenly, when an offer is on the table you’d be a fool not to look at it.
“I’m not saying that means he’s going to. But he’s 25 now, you look at the end of next season and someone offers him a four or five-year deal that takes you to 30, that’s huge, the best years of his playing career and his highest-earning status.
“He does love Leeds, we know that. He’s got huge ties to the football club. But when somebody comes knocking, you can’t not look at it. The same happened with Alan Smith. A Leeds lad, through and through.
“Good players will always be courted by the best and whether they leave or not, you have to look at it and there’s always going to be a temptation.”