By Dave Woods

26th Aug, 2019 | 11:28am

Phillips wants £40k/wk deal at Leeds

Leeds are set to re-open talks with key midfielder Kalvin Phillips as he holds out for a deal worth £40,000-a-week, according to Football Insider. 

Phillips rejected the first Leeds offer and is looking for a five-year deal that would put him in the same ballpark as the club’s highest-earners, Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.

Phillips is out of contract in 2021 and Leeds will be looking to get him tied down to a new long-term deal well before he enters his final year.

Phillips attracted interest from Aston Villa and Wolves among others over the summer transfer window but stayed with Leeds as they bid to get back into the Premier League with Marcelo Bielsa.

Phillips is central to the Bielsa system and, along with defender Ben White, has made the most successful passes of any player aged under 24 in the Championship this season.

You won’t find many Leeds fans who don’t think he’s worth the money but the problem for Leeds is making such a financial commitment before they know if they’re going to get promoted this season.

It still makes sense to us though. Hopefully Phillips will be playing in the Premier League with Leeds next season but if not then he’ll be worth a lot more on a long-term contract.

We’re hoping the club does the right thing and a deal is struck – if Bamford and Casilla are worth £40k-a-week, Phillips definitely is.