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Leeds United: Journalist makes bold claim on keeping star player

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Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Leeds United now have some hope for keeping Kalvin Phillips at Elland Road due to Premier League survival.

Phillips has been heavily linked with a move away from Leeds ahead of the summer transfer window, with fellow Premier League side Manchester City reportedly being keen on bringing him to the Etihad due to the exit of Fernandinho from the club.

The English midfielder has not been able to feature heavily for Leeds this season after he picked up an injury in early December, but he returned to action in the latter stages of the season and managed to help his side survive relegation to the Championship.

Despite the reports that Phillips could exit Elland Road in the summer, Jones claimed to GiveMeSport that there is still hope that he might stay at the club.

“They need to sort out the Phillips and Raphinha situation quickly to know where they stand on both those players. I think now they’ll have hope, but how much hope we’ll have to wait and see,” Jones said.

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TIF Thoughts on Jones’s comments…

This comes as a potential big twist as Kalvin Phillips reportedly has a huge incentive to leave Leeds United and Raphinha’s potential is gaining momentum.

Phillips has only been able to feature 20 times in the Premier League this season due to injury, but he produced some impressive performances towards the end of the season, where he was awarded a 7.2 rating and 7.3 rating against Brighton & Hove Albion and then Brentford, which were important for survival.

The England international may be interested in leaving the club in the summer, due to clubs playing in Europe showing interest in him and the poor form of Leeds this term which almost led to relegation.

However, Jesse Marsch has already shown intent by signing Brenden Aaronson from RB Salzburg, so the American coach may be able to tempt Phillips to remain at the club if he can make more signings like this.

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