By Paddy Kenny

15th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Leeds told to seal Phillips deal by 1 January as talks held over big-money agreement - pundit

Paddy Kenny has claimed tying Kalvin Phillips down to a new contract is “very important” for Leeds United.

The former Leeds goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted a new deal for the midfielder would guarantee a “top” transfer fee if another club came calling.

As revealed by Football Insider (9th October), Leeds are in advanced talks to hand Phillips new and improved terms.

The Whites want a deal to be done before the start of the January transfer window to quell any speculation.

His current terms, signed back in 2019, run until 2024.

As revealed by this site, Phillips is among three Leeds players on Liverpool’s radar.

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Kenny insisted the midfielder would appreciate the security over his future.

He also suggested it would guarantee a big-money transfer fee if a club are to try and sign him.

Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s important.

“These players who have come through the academy, they are still young players, still doing well, playing for England.

“I think for Leeds, very important they get him signed up.

“Then if any of these big clubs, like Man United, Man City, Liverpool, are interested and do want to come in for him, they’re paying top money.

“I think it’s key and it’s good for Philips to have a bit security as well. There’s nothing better.

“He’s a key player, he’s been in excellent form. Sometimes, not playing makes people realise how important they are.

“England missed him and in the past Leeds have struggled when he’s not been available.

“It’s clear to see that he’s an important player for both club and country at the moment.”

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