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Leeds star Kalvin Phillips is being linked with a mega-money move to Manchester United next year, but Marcelo Bielsa may be feeling confident about his chances of keeping the midfielder. Phillips has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders since helping the Yorkshire outfit earn promotion back to the top flight in 2020.
Leeds fans have affectionately nicknamed him as the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ with hopes that he will see out his entire career as a one-club man.
Phillips came through the ranks at Leeds and his performances last year saw England boss Gareth Southgate sit up and take notice.
And it was at Euro 2020 where Phillips established himself on the world stage, helping England reach the final having started every game.
After being rested for Leeds’ opener against Manchester United, Phillips has played every game for Leeds and even filled in at centre-back against Fulham in the Carabao Cup.
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At 25 years of age, Phillips may yet to have reached the peak of his powers and clubs may soon be circling to sign him.
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United have moved on from their interest in Declan Rice to Phillips.
It is claimed that Phillips is valued at £60million and there are some ‘fears’ from the midfielder that Bielsa could leave the club next year.
But the England star has already indicated what his feelings are on switching Elland Road to Old Trafford.
Phillips was asked by BT Sport to “describe what Man United means…” at the start of the season.
But the midfielder’s response made it abundantly clear that he didn’t view a move to Leeds’ arch-rivals as a big deal.
“To me?” he replied with a smile. “It doesn’t mean anything.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent big in the summer on marquee signings with Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane all joining.
But the club opted against strengthening their options in the deeper midfield positions.
West Ham have stood their ground on wanting £100m-plus for Rice in transfer talks.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the West Ham star, who left Stamford Bridge as a teenager.
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