EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills claims that the Leeds United board have opened talks with Kalvin Phillips over handing him an improved deal after remaining at the club over the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the Elland Road chiefs will be “desperate” to tie the 23-year-old to a new long-term deal after emerging as one of the best players not only at the club but in the Championship.

Phillips’ current deal has two years left to run, the midfielder having been sought after by a number of clubs over the summer transfer window.

With Phillips’ agent having stated that contract talks would open after the window closed, Mills claims that Andrea Radrizzani and the rest of the Leeds decision-makers will have already opened negotiations.

Asked about the prospective talks between the club and Phillips, Mills told Football Insider: “I’d be very surprised if they haven’t done already, they must have started. 

“He’s an outstanding talent, a fabulous player. Carries himself very, very well as well and I’m pretty sure that Leeds would be desperate to tie him down, albeit with caveats if there is promotion or if there isn’t promotion, sell-on clauses and buy-out clauses.

“If he continues to progress the way we expect, he’s going to be an absolute star in the future.”

Phillips has established himself as a mainstay under Marcelo Bielsa, missing just a handful of games across all competitions during the 2018/19 season.

He has found himself utilised as both a defensive midfielder and a makeshift centre back under the Argentine boss, forming an energetic partnership with Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich in the early part of the season.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that one senior player has had a lucky escape after Marcelo Bielsa’s reveal.