Leeds: £60m star now 'almost certain' to leave Elland Road

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Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips ‘holds all the cards’ over his future and he is likely to leave Elland Road if the Whites are relegated, according to freelance journalist Jacque Talbot.

The Yorkshire giants remain in serious danger of dropping into the Championship as, heading into their final match of the season, they are just one point clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.

What’s the latest news involving Phillips?

Newcastle United and Aston Villa are reportedly leading the race to sign Phillips ahead of the summer transfer window opening for business.

West Ham United are also known to be interested, having seen a £50million bid turned down by Leeds in January.

Manchester United are another Premier League outfit mulling over making a move, but there are doubts as to whether the 26-year-old would be willing to join his current employers’ arch-rivals.

Although Leeds are understood to value Phillips at £60million, they may be unable to recoup anywhere near that figure if they fail to maintain their Premier League status.

That is because owner Andrea Radrizzani has written a release clause into the central midfielder’s contract and it can only be activated if they drop into the Championship.

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What has Jacque Talbot said about Phillips?

Talbot believes Phillips is in control of his own destiny, which could prove costly for Leeds.

The journalist feels it is increasingly likely that the fans’ favourite will leave Elland Road if the Whites are condemned to the drop.

Talbot told GIVEMESPORT: “If relegation happens, Phillips holds all the cards.

“I think he has changed agencies recently and players often do that when they want to push through moves.

“I’d imagine, if Leeds go down, it’s almost certain that Phillips would go and I don’t think Leeds fans can really blame him because he’s an England international. He could go to Newcastle, maybe Manchester United, somewhere like that.”

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How has Phillips performed this season?

Leeds’ struggles have coincided with 19-cap England international Phillips being forced to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Phillips suffered a hamstring injury during the Whites’ December stalemate with Brentford, leading to close to four months out of the squad.

As a result, he has been restricted to just 22 appearances since the campaign underway, with him also chipping in with a goal and an assist.

That has taken his tally of Leeds outings, having come through his boyhood club’s ranks, up to 233.

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