This comes after Cross made an appearance on a recent episode of The Blue White and Yellow podcast, where he spoke about a range of subjects concerning Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
On the subject of Phillips and his future at the Yorkshire club, Cross had this to say on the matter.
He said: “There’s no chance of him leaving anytime soon, is there?
“I think that the tipping point was they missed out [on promotion] in 2019, that’s when the [Aston] Villa offers came in and obviously he gave it one more season.
“I think if they hadn’t done it [in] 2020, then I think everybody would kind of say, yeah, fair enough, on you go, you’re far too good for us in the Championship, but they got the job done when they needed to and right now, a ninth-place team in the Premier League, he’s got absolutely zero reasons to look elsewhere.
“The club are well aware of his contract situation, he’s not in danger of that expiring anytime soon, but of course, they know his worth and they’ll make sure that he feels wanted and that his status is properly recognised.
“I’m sure, maybe even before the year is out, they will put something in front of him.”
As a product of Leeds’ youth system, Phillips made his senior debut for the Whites back in April 2015 in the Championship under former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn in a 4-3 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £27 million, has made a total of 211 appearances for Bielsa’s team across all competitions, in which he has managed to score 13 goals and provide 12 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Beren Cross’ comments on Phillips’ future at Leeds…
With Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp recently coming out and saying that the midfielder currently has no intention of leaving Leeds anytime soon, this, as well as Cross’ latest comments here, should put any worries of a potential exit for Phillips to bed.
Do you think Leeds should offer Phillips a new deal this summer?
Even though his current contract isn’t set to expire at Leeds until 2024, we feel that it would certainly prove to be a statement of intent if the club approached the midfielder this summer to try and get him to sign a new deal that would keep him beyond the current expiration date, as Cross suggested.