And so the news comes that Kalvin Phillips has signed a new contract that will keep him at Leeds until 2024. In the words of an old, and dear, Leeds owner this is “like a new signing”. But Ken, this one actually is.
The Leeds faithful spent much of Summer praying for the transfer window to slam shut before a Premier League club hit the panic button and met Leeds’ £30 million valuation of the Wortley-born defensive midfielder.
This may not have been the case, however. The official statement released by the club suggests that Kalvin would not have been sold regardless of whatever money was dangled in front of them. It claims:
“Phillips was subject to high profile interest from a number of Premier League sides, with the club rebuffing multiple offers in excess of £20m”
This figure of £20million+, we know, is the highest figure Leeds would have received for a player for quite some time. Knocking this back, therefore, is a major step in the right direction considering Leeds’ recent form on selling their best academy products.
Whilst the details of this contract isn’t fully disclosed, it’s presumed it gives Leeds more protection in terms of a release clause should a Premier League club swoon in with a large offer this Summer. Further, should Leeds do the job and get promoted it means Kalvin will be at the heart of Leeds’ new era in the top divison.