By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Feb, 2022 | 4:40pm

Pundit wants Kalvin Phillips on deal worth more than double current £25,000-a-week Leeds United contract

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Kalvin Phillips should be the highest-paid player at Leeds United, according to Paul Robinson.

Phillips, 26, was the subject of a reported £50million bid by West Ham in the January transfer window and is also said to be earning just £25,000-a-week on his deal at Elland Road [The Times].

In the eyes of Robinson, Phillips is being underpaid by Leeds and the England midfielder should be earning a similar amount of what Declan Rice is at West Ham.

“He should be the highest-paid player at the club,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “I suspect Raphinha is but I don’t know the information – but Phillips should be the highest-paid.

He’s the best player that they’ve got, as well as Raphinha, and if they are to keep hold of him then they need to reward him in such a manner.

He was the best player in the England team [at the Euros] and if you look at the rest of his England teammates, they’re competing at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League. It’s not going to be long before he wants to and needs to do that himself.

If he’s at that standard and Leeds want to keep him, they reward him as such.

Declan Rice played alongside him at the Euros and Phillips played more minutes.

I suspect Phillips’ pay package is nowhere near Rice’s – but it should be.”

The Sun reported in 2020 that Rice is earning £60,000-a-week at the London Stadium with his West Ham contract due to expire in around 18 months time.

He’s been linked with a move away from the London club while the Hammers may have been bidding for Phillips in January to line up the Leeds midfielder as a replacement.

In other Leeds United news, Robbie Fowler has made an admission about Leeds’ January transfer window.