Leeds make Kalvin Phillips statement after Jack Grealish’s £ 100million move to Man City – .

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Leeds make Kalvin Phillips statement after Jack Grealish’s £ 100million move to Man City – .


Leeds are adamant they won’t lose Kalvin Phillips like Aston Villa lost Jack Grealish.

Villa was forced to sell Grealish to Manchester City for a UK record £ 100million when they didn’t need the money because the England star wanted to go.

Leeds rejected a £ 26million offer from Villa for Phillips in 2019 and CEO Angus Kinnear says they are working hard to make the England midfielder feel valued in his beloved Elland Road.

Kinnear said: “The reality is that at the end of the day, and it has been proven by Aston Villa, an extremely ambitious club, really well managed, really well supported.

“But the attraction of the Champions League and playing for a team that will win trophies made the player’s head spin.








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“I know Aston Villa didn’t have to sell him, even at that value, and they wanted to keep him, but when the player wants to leave you have a problem.

“Our job is to make all players feel wanted and valued and can grow at Leeds United.

“Kalvin is a long-term pillar for the club. We will work with him and his representatives to make sure he feels valued and motivated and that he wants to be at Leeds United.

Phillips signed a five-year deal when he dismissed claims by Villa and Kinnear that they don’t think they have to rush to offer new terms, despite his starring role for the Three Lions at Euro 2020.

“At the moment he has three years on his contract,” he said. “It’s a healthy contract and we don’t need to rush into any of those things. But we are very vigorous in defending the interests of our players in the market.

“This summer we received a number of firm expressions of interest and offers from players who would be seen as our renowned talent.

“None of them were entertained, no discussions or negotiations took place. “

Kinnear has confirmed Leeds’ interest in £ 10million-valued Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien but downplayed prospects for strengthening in that department.

“Lewis’s name was on the tracing reports, but there has been no movement on it yet,” he told The Square Ball podcast.

“If I were to bet on that, I would say there will be little movement by the end of the season.

“But if you had asked me at the same time last season, I would have said there would be no movement, then we bought Raphinha. “

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