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Kalvin Phillips could be set to pocket a slice of a big money transfer fee in the summer – if Leeds United drop out of the Premier League. The England star has been linked with a host of clubs, including Manchester United and Newcastle, and has yet to commit his long-term future to the Whites.
Leeds are currently embroiled in a relegation battle, with Burnley’s recent resurgence leaving Jesse Marsch’s side just two points above the bottom three. The Whites have a tough run-in on paper and are in real danger of surrendering their Premier League status just two years after they surged to the Championship title.
Dropping out of the top-flight would have enormous financial ramifications for Leeds – and an unusual clause in Phillips’ contract could see them take a further hit.
According to a new report from The Daily Mail, Phillips would be entitled to a slice of any potential transfer fee if he were to move on in the summer and the Whites are relegated – provided the fee exceeds £25million. Previous reports have claimed that Phillips is valued at around £60m.
A complication to any hopes Leeds may have of tying Phillips down to a fresh, long-term deal is the academy graduate’s current representation situation. Phillips is expected to change agents when his current representation deal expires next month and he has been inundated with pitches from the UK’s top agencies.
The 26-year-old is a boyhood Leeds fan and still has two years to run on his current deal, but progress on a fresh one has been limited. Phillips has previously told the club that he’d be keen on extending his stay – although his stance could change if Leeds are relegated along with Norwich and Watford at the end of May.
But despite Leeds perilous position in the Premier League, Phillips reiterated his desire to stay at the club as recently as Friday, when he told BBC Radio Leeds: “Definitely, I’ve made what I want to do clear. I’ve a made my intentions clear that I want to be at Leeds. I’ll focus on that until my contract ends.”
And he also insisted that he’s not concerned by the lack of a progress over a new deal. He added: “It’s always been something I’ve not worried about too much. It’s always been something I’ve been confident in sorting whenever it needed sorting.
“There’s always going to be noise when you are an England international and playing for one of the biggest teams in the country. I think until the end of the season I’ll be happy at Leeds and always will be.”
Despite an injury-hit campaign, Phillips’ stock is still sky-high after his rapid progression over the past 18 months. During that spell, the midfielder has evolved into a key player for the England national team and even started all seven of the Three Lions matches at Euro 2020. Leeds received – and promptly rebuffed – a number of enquiries for their midfield lynchpin in January, but it’s unlikely they’d be able to persuade Phillips to stay at Elland Road if they do drop back into the Championship.
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