Danny Mills has tipped Kalvin Phillips to remain at Leeds United for one more season before making a decision on his future.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that the midfielder could find himself with numerous offers on his plate if he continues to impress in the Championship, with talks underway over extending his stay at Elland Road.
It was exclusively revealed by Football Insider that Phillips is holding out for a big-money contract at Elland Road, believing he deserves a wage in line with the £30,000-a-week the club’s top earners Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford are on.
Despite the contract wrangle behind-the-scenes, Mills insists one more year under Marcelo Bielsa will put the 23-year-old in the best position to decide on his future and says he expects Phillips to remain until 2020.
“I think another season at Leeds and another season of good performances will put him in real good stead,” Mills told Football Insider.
“If he went to a Premier League side, he might just be on the fringes of the first team, he might not go straight in. One more season at Leeds, and they don’t get promoted, and he’s had a good season he might have a few more options.
“It’s about playing, so I think he will stay for this season and if they get promoted he may well stay again but if not, he’ll be in a better position this time next year to make a real decision.”
The Leeds-born midfielder, who found himself operating as a makeshift centre back last season, has 141 appearances, 10 goals and eight assists for his boyhood club.
He quickly established himself as a favourite of manager Marcelo Bielsa last season, playing in all but four of their Championship games on the way to defeat in the semi-finals of the play-offs.
In other Leeds United news, Mills has told Football Insider his information from the club is a new defender will be signed “fairly soon”.