Noel Whelan says that he and the rest of the Leeds United fans would lose faith in the board if Kalvin Phillips is sold before the end of the summer transfer window.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds forward and lifelong fan at Elland Road says that he is already frustrated with the manner in which the club are dealing with contracts and transfers and says supporters will be up in arms at the loss of their midfield ace.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Leeds have rebuffed a number of approaches from Aston Villa, while there are other top-flight sides sniffing around at a potential deal.
Whelan says losing Phillips would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back this summer and that fans would be up in arms if he were to go.
He told Football Insider: “They’re (the fans) getting very, very twitchy, very frustrated – as am I – with how they’ve handled their business and contracts. We’ve still got Kalvin but we can’t relax until the window is closed.
“If he did leave, that would be the final straw for a lot of people. You’d have everybody up in an uproar regarding the club and the chairman and what’s going on. Keeping Kalvin is probably the biggest plus they can do before the start of the season.
Phillips emerged as a favourite of manager Marcelo Bielsa last season, playing in all but four of their games on the way to the Championship play-off semi-finals.
As revealed by Football Insider at the end of July, the club have offered him a new contract to ensure his long-term future is tied down at Elland Road.
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