By Wayne Veysey

17th Sep, 2021 | 6:50am

Sources: Phillips stance revealed on signing big-money deal by 1 January as Leeds open talks

Kalvin Phillips wants to commit the best years of his career to Leeds United as contract talks get underway, Football Insider understands.

This site broke the news yesterday that the Yorkshire giants have opened preliminary negotiations with the midfielder over a new long-term deal.

A source with knowledge of Phillips’ situation has told Football Insider the player is very keen on signing an extension with the club he has spent his entire career.

The 25-year-old has developed into one of the outstanding and most reliable midfielders in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds want to tie down their academy product to a new and improved contract that would keep him beyond the summer of 2024.

He signed his current deal in September 2019, when United were still in the Championship.

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That included a release clause that could have been triggered had Leeds not got promoted that season.

It remains to be seen if a new release clause that reflects Phillips’ current value will be key to negotiations this time around.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani has made it a priority to tie down their best midfielder and want the deal finalised ahead of the January window.

As quoted by Leeds Live, Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear revealed in programme notes that over £100million of interest in their players had been ‘vigorously resisted’ this summer.

Phillips is believed to have been one of those who was the subject of big-money interest.

In other news, a player who dazzled at Leeds United last season has agreed to join Premier League rivals.