By Noel Whelan

27th Dec, 2021 | 11:49am

Pundit excited by Phillips after 'massive' news 'Leeds fans will love'

Kalvin Phillips’ commitment to signing a new contract at Leeds United will be “massive” for the Elland Road faithful, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old is a “leader” at the Yorkshire club despite not wearing the captain’s armband.

Speaking to the Daily Mail last Thursday (23 December), Phillips confirmed he “wants a new contract” and insisted he is “very happy” at Leeds United.

The 19-time England international’s current deal expires in 2024.

Phillips is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem and has missed Leeds United’s last three games.

Whelan suggested news of the midfielder’s commitment comes as no surprise.

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“This is be massive for the fans, they’ll love that,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But it doesn’t surprise me. He’s a Leeds boy, born and bred, and he’s tasted success at the club. He’s one of these players that wants to take the club as far as he possibly can, win trophies with the club – he’s very proud of his home club.

“It’s not a surprise at all to hear of that commitment. It’s always been there from Kalvin. He might not wear the armband for us, but he’s a leader in that team.”

The midfielder made his first-team debut in April 2015 after coming through the ranks with the Whites.

Phillips was an integral part of the Leeds United side that gained promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2019/20 season.

The England star has played 226 times for the Yorkshire side.

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