Former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer fears his old side’s position in the table is impacting contract talks with Kalvin Phillips.
The Yorkshire club have had a difficult start to the 2020/21 campaign and won just one of their first nine Premier League outings prior to this weekend.
According to Eurosport, they have opened talks with Phillips over a new contract and would like to get his future sorted as soon as possible but have hit an impasse, with the England international’s representatives keen for a better deal.
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Palmer, however, does not think money is the problem, instead suggesting that Leeds’ current league position is what is causing issues.
“I’m hearing it’s over money but I don’t really think it will be over money,” the ex-Whites player said to TIF.
“When you get to that certain level that Kalvin is now, where he’s a regular in the England side, I think there’s a criteria about the money that has to be paid, so I’m sure Leeds would’ve offered him a contract to reflect his outstanding performances and achievements. But the problem that Leeds have got at the moment is where they are in the league.
“If he thinks Leeds are going to be, you know, not progressing or fighting relegation and down at the bottom, of course he’s going to be having doubts about signing his contract.”
Liverpool are the latest club to show interest in Phillips. According to the Daily Mirror, they are ready to compete with Manchester United for the 25-year-old’s signature.
Bearing that in mind, it is not a shock that Phillips is yet to sign that extension as he seemingly weighs up all of his options.