By Gabriel Agbonlahor

23rd Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Phillips expected to sign new Leeds contract with '£60m release clause' - pundit

Kalvin Phillips will sign a new Leeds United contract if it includes a release clause of around £60million, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward insisted Phillips will want to right by Leeds and not run down his contract to help secure a move away on the cheap.

Football Insider exclusively revealed on 16 September that Leeds have opened new contract talks with the midfielder.

A United source has updated to tell Football Insider Phillips is keen to put pen to paper on an extension before the end of the year.

His current Elland Road contract is set to expire in the summer of 2024.

That also included a release clause that would have come into effect if Leeds failed to win promotion in the 2019-20 season.

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Marcelo Bielsa’s side famously won the Championship and Phillips has gone on to establish himself as an England regular and one of the Premier League’s finest midfielders.

“He’s going to have aspirations of playing at the top,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley

“I’m sure his agent will say ‘We’ll sign a new contract with a release clause’.

“Then Leeds will get the right sort of money that they deserve. He doesn’t seem like the sort of player who would want to leave Leeds for a small fee because he’s got a year left.

“I’m sure within the next two seasons he’ll get that move.

“Defensive midfielders are not worth £100million. Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice are not worth £100million.

“Jack Grealish is worth that because he’s a superstar, a game-changer, a game-winner. They’re the sort of players that cost that much.

“Someone like Phillips, I would say is worth around £60million or £70million, so the release clause would be around £60m.”

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