By Dave Woods

12th Sep, 2019 | 3:39pm

Leeds knocked back £27m for Phillips

Kalvin Phillips signed a new five-year deal with Leeds this week after a summer of concerted interest from Premier League sides such as Aston Villa.

The extent of that interest was revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, with the outlet claiming that Leeds rejected a bid worth £27m for the midfielder.

That’s a lot more than was reported at the time and, if true, shows just how badly manager Marcelo Bielsa wanted to hold onto him.

The new deal wasn’t all good news for Leeds as it’s been reported that he’s got a release clause built-in worth £20m-£25m, a sum that ironically is less than Leeds could have sold him for in the summer.

That kicks in if Leeds don’t get promoted and that highlights the importance of finishing in the top two this season.

The noise coming from Elland Road suggests that Bielsa won’t stay for a third season in the Championship and Phillips will likely move to the Premier League too.

If Leeds do get promoted then Bielsa and Phillips probably stay for a crack at the top-flight next season. So, no pressure then lads.