Kalvin Phillips ‘set to sign new five-year deal with Leeds’ after club rejected summer transfer approach from Aston Villa

8 Sep

Kalvin Phillips is set to sign a new five-year deal with Leeds, reports claim.

The midfielder was wanted by Premier League new boys Aston Villa during the summer transfer window, but stayed at Elland Road.

Kalvin Phillips is a regular starter in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds team
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It is understood that Villa failed to meet the Whites’ £20million valuation of Phillips.

Now, The Athletic say the 23-year-old will put pen-to-paper on a £20,000-a-week deal on Monday, which will make him one of the club’s top earners.

Phillips has been an integral part of Leeds’ team since Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival last summer and his performances earned him a place in the 2018/19 Championship Team of the Year.

The Leeds-born star has made 149 appearances since coming through the club’s academy.

Last month, Bielsa praised Phillips’ professionalism during a summer of speculation surrounding his future.

He said: “Kalvin was an example for everyone.

“In a context that is very professional, with a lot of the speculation which is not good, Kalvin is showing us that you can be a big player, a good player and at the same time respect the values that is very difficult to find.

“He deserves all the good things in the personal life because he teaches us how you can live professional life in football without forgetting about yourself, but keeping the behaviour in the right way.”

Leeds United transfer news: Kalvin Phillips willing to force through £15m move to Aston Villa – reports

28 Jul

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Philips is willing to force his way out of Elland Road to secure a move to Aston Villa, according to reports.

The Premier League new boys have spent more than £100million in this transfer market, but want to add more steel to their engine room.

Kalvin Phillips is reportedly keen to leave Elland Road this summer
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Phillips is a player Villa boss Dean Smith is keen on, but the club are not willing to bid more than £15m to get the deal done.

According to The Sun, the 23-year-old is willing to stay with Leeds for less money and sit out the season at Elland Road.

Next year, he will be entering the final year of his deal and will then review his future at that point.

Villa are on the verge of making their 11th signing of the transfer window with an £11m move for 25-year-old Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.

Nakamba reportedly underwent a medical at Aston Villa on Thursday
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The Zimbabwe international reportedly underwent a medical on Thursday as terms of a deal were still being thrashed out.

Nakamba, 25, has been a priority target for Villa since January, when Brugge refused to sell, but he has flown to England to tie up a move to the Premier League.

Tottenham transfer news: Spurs to make second raid on Leeds United with summer move for £30m star Kalvin Phillips

12 Jul

Tottenham are reportedly set to make an offer for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Spurs have already raided Marcelo Bielsa’s side this summer by signing teenager Jack Clarke for £9million, but he headed back to Elland Road on loan until the end of the season.

Kalvin Phillips is being targeted by Tottenham this summer
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Phillips has been a star performer for the Championship club and is attracting plenty of Premier League interest.

The Mirror report that Spurs have entered the race for the 23-year-old and can offer him a significant increase on his £10,000-a-week salary.

Tottenham have already signed Jack Clarke, who is expected to have a bright future in the game
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The north London club also have the lure of Champions League football that some of their Premier League rivals cannot offer.

Aston Villa are thought to have already offered £11million while Newcastle are also said to be interested in Phillips, who has made 141 appearances for Leeds.

The Whites are believed to have put a £30million price tag on the versatile midfielder.

Phillips is also a boyhood fan of the club and it could work in Leeds’ favour as they try negotiating a new contract to keep him at Elland Road.

Leeds have offered him a new deal but he has rejected their opening offer.

Marcelo Bielsa’s squad are currently in Australia on a pre-season tour ahead of the new Championship season.

They face fierce rivals Manchester United in Perth next Wednesday before playing Western Sydney Wanderers three days later.

Aston Villa transfer news: How the Villans could look next season with record-signing Wesley Moraes, Jack Butland and Leeds star Kalvin Phillips

1 Jul

Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League was met with jubilant celebrations and sighs of relief from large sections of the West Midlands.

Dean Smith’s side beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley to end a three-year exile from the top flight, but the boyhood Villa fan instantly set about building a squad capable of staying up as soon as the champagne had dried off his suit.

Aston Villa are back in the Premier League and looking to stay there

Villa have already signed Jota from rivals Birmingham City, while Anwar El Ghazi and Kourtney Hause have made their loan moves permanent.

Club-record signing Wesley Moraes is expected to be confirmed on July 1 once work permit issues have been ratified, with the 17-goal striker making his £22million move from Club Brugge official.

Smith is still working hard to bring Tyrone Mings back to the club, with the Daily Express claiming the Villans want to add six more signings to their squad.

Jack Butland of Stoke is an option in goal, with Ethan Ampadu, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips and Brentford winger Said Benrahma also under consideration.

Jack Butland currently plays for Stoke City in the Championship

With John McGinn and Jack Grealish set to stay after superb seasons in the Championship, Villa could quite easily have a squad capable of challenging for a top half finish in the Premier League.

So how could Smith’s starting XI for next season look? Check it out below.

Last season, Smith alternated between a 4-3-3 formation and a 4-4-1-1, depending on who the opposition was. If, for instance, they were playing a more defensive team at home, Smith would drop Grealish back into midfield alongside McGinn and Glenn Whelan.

This would allow Villa to attack from deep and get their playmakers on the ball to create chances for former loanee Tammy Abraham up front and then supply into the wide areas where the full backs were given license to roam past their inverted wingers.

Kalvin Phillips starred for Leeds in the 2018/19 campaign, with Aston Villa now primed to move for the midfielder
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While Whelan and Neil Taylor performed dutifully last year, the introduction of Phillips into midfield and Matt Targett from Southampton at left-back adds greater mobility to the side.

If, however, they play sides who expect to dominate the ball and will try to pass Villa to death, Smith can implement a 4-4-1-1 formation to solidify his team, with Grealish playing in a more advanced role to feed off scraps from the lone striker.

Dean Smith has a multitude of options ahead of the new season if he gets the signings he wants

Championship team of the year: Alternative XI, according to statistics with Leeds United, Norwich City and Sheffield United all represented

27 Mar

The players named in the Championship team of the season were revealed by the EFL on Tuesday and some eyebrows were raised after some notable omissions.

The player of the year shortlist was also announced with Birmingham’s Che Adams, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp and Norwich striker Teemu Pukki all up for the top award.

Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki

The official team of the year announced was as follows: Darren Randolph, Max Aarons, Reece James, Liam Cooper, Jamal Lewis, Kalvin Phillips, Oliver Norwood, Jarrod Bowen, Che Adams, Teemu Pukki and Billy Sharp.

Leeds United fans were dismayed that Pablo Hernandez was not named in that team despite scoring 10 goals and registering 11 assists.

Liam Cooper was one of three players to be in both teams of the year

But the EFL have been validated, which is bad news for Leeds fans, because he is also not in the Championship’s best XI, according to WhoScored’s ratings.

The WhoScored and the EFL teams of the season differ wildly and there are just three players who make it to both.

Just two Norwich City players make it into that team despite their club being top-of-the-table while Sheffield United have just one representative.

Two of the players who are nominated for the player of the year prize, Adams and Sharp, have not even made it in the team.

The WhoScored.com current team of the year

The team above is not final, unlike the EFL one, with players still able to force their way into the side with some good performances in the final eight games of the season.