The writing seemed to be on the wall for a while, despite reports that Phillips actually wanted to sign a new deal at Elland Road.
However, it seems The Whites have not been able to resist the cash offered up by Manchester City, in a well-deserved move for a player so instrumental in Leeds’ Premier League status up to this point.
The deal is expected to be finalised next week before the 26-year-old is due back at Thorp Arch for pre-season training. The Athletic also say that Phillips is, unsurprisingly, keen on the move, particularly ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.
It will for sure be an emotional departure for Phillips, who came through the academy from childhood and has achieved so much beyond what anyone expected of him, at least before Marcelo Bielsa came along.
Can’t help but feel like we’ve somehow managed to give out another bargain for our talent.— Through It All Together (@ThruItAllLUFC) June 24, 2022
You won’t get half the talent for £45m anywhere.
Sorry just bitter #LUFC #KalvinPhillips https://t.co/OW7aPomaV7
But the Leeds hierarchy must turn their attention to replacing him, with a deal for Manchester City youngster, Darko Gyabi now in the works. The deal could reportedly be worth £5m and the move would not be in conjunction with Phillips’ move to City.
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