Date: 13th June 2019 at 10:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has given Leeds United fans hope that Kalvin Phillips will not be sold this summer by revealing he’s been told the player wants to stay.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-United striker Whelan explained he had been informed by Phillips’ agent that the midfielder wants to sign a new contract and commit his future to his boyhood club.

This comes amid a report Aston Villa are preparing a £14million bid for the 23-year-old, while there is also strong interest from other Premier League clubs including Bournemouth, Norwich City and Southampton.

“I know Kalvin is desperate to stay at Leeds,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I’ve spoken to his agent, who told me he’d love to stay at the club. There is no hiding that.”

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have made an early move to keep Phillips by promising him he will be offered an improved contract when he returns from holiday.

“The club need to put their money where their mouth is,” Whelan added. “I have no doubt Marcelo Bielsa wants Kalvin Phillips at the club, and they need to show him that he is wanted by the club.

“He is away on holiday at the minute and, hopefully, when he comes back, he can agree a new deal. He is a Leeds boy who loves the club.”

The Phillips situation is being regarded by many Leeds fans as a litmus test of the ambition of owner Andrea Radrizzani and a board who have sold Ronaldo Vieira and Chris Wood for major fees in each of the last two summer windows.

“It’s definitely a test for Mr Radrizzani,” Whelan told Football Insider. “The interest in Phillips is real. You’ve got Bournemouth, I’m hearing Wolves and there is Villa as well. There’s Premier League teams that realise the importance of a player like Phillips.”

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that Wolves are ready to ask for a key Whites player in part-exchange for Helder Costa.