Paul Robinson: Leeds United can demand huge fee for Kalvin Phillips after new contract signed
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Kalvin Phillips will sign a whopper new contract to stay at Leeds United and protect the club, according to Paul Robinson.
Speculation has grown over recent weeks that the 25-year-old is set to put pen to paper on new terms at Elland Road, with Leeds correspondent Phil Hay, writing for The Athletic last week [02/10/21], claiming that the England star has “indicated to the club that he is keen to negotiate and sign an improved contract”.
Former Whites shot-stopper Robinson is adamant that will not stop bids being lodged for him, but suggests the club will be in a much stronger position to set their stall out and demand big money for a crucial member of Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
“It will be the biggest contract that Leeds have ever done, and rightly so, he’s fully deserved it,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “He’s earnt it.
“The club need to protect themselves as well because they are going to have big bids for him. He was England’s Player of the Year last year, he’s playing at the top level internationally now. He’s a top player.
“If he’s tied down to a long-term, high-value contract then that protects the club.
“I think he will sign it because he will be financially rewarded which is good for him and we’ve seen players sign contracts before and move on.
“I do expect that he’s got aspirations to play in the Champions League and he’s certainly good enough to play in there, and teams in the Champions League will want him.
“Short-term, financially, it rewards the player. Long term, it gives the club a little bit of security if and when bids do come in for him. They will have a bit of protection to keep hold of the player or demand a bigger fee for him.”
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