EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United will need to offer Kalvin Phillips a £10million contract to convince him to stay at the club beyond this season, Football Insider can reveal.
Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp confirmed this week that contract negotiations are set to resume imminently after the player rebuffed United’s opening offer earlier in the summer.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are aware they will need to hand the midfielder, 23, a massive pay rise on his current £10,000-a-week salary.
Phillips is set to hold out for a package that would catapult him into the club’s top tier of earners alongside £40,000-a-week pair Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.
He will look for a long-term contract spread over five years, meaning the total cost of the deal is likely to be in excess of £10million.
Football Insider broke the news early last month that the midfield anchorman had knocked back Leeds’ opening offer following initial talks over a long-term contract extension.
Phillips has started both of Leeds’ matches in the new campaign, yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest and the opening-day 3-1 win over Bristol City.
He has told friends he wants to remain at his boyhood club, and Marcelo Bielsa has made it clear publicly and privately that he regards the midfielder as an integral member of the team who he does not want to lose.
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