Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has signed a new contract running until 2024.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce @Kalvinphillips has signed a new five year contract with the club— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 9, 2019
The “Yorkshire Pirlo” was linked with moves away from the club throughout the summer, Burnley FC and Sheffield United came in for him and speculation involving Aston Villa was a daily occurrence throughout the summer.
Our Yorkshire Pirlo! pic.twitter.com/9TdFCSbY1N— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 9, 2019
There is no doubt that Phillips could have forced a move to Premier League club in the summer and got a contract where he could have doubled the wage he will receive on his new deal, but the boyhood Leeds fan has chose to push for promotion under Marcelo Bielsa.
Just look at this photo it says everything about Phillips.— Barney © ♂️ (@BarneyStuart21) September 9, 2019
Not many players like him around these #lufc #YorkshirePirlo pic.twitter.com/nRV3lclWNx
Phillips made his debut for Leeds in April 2015 in a 4-3 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers, and scored his first goal in his second match - a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City at Elland Road. He has gone on to make 149 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.
Obviously, it would be naive for Leeds fans to think this contract guarantees Leeds will keep Phillips for five years and if Leeds fail to gain promotion I would still expect a move to a Premier League club. The new deal does mean that Leeds should be able to guarantee a fair fee for the 23-year-old in that eventuality but if all goes to plan we can hope to see Phillips in a Leeds shirt for a long time to come (and possibly an England shirt too).