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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds must resist selling Kalvin Phillips and build a team around him to challenge in the Premier League. 

Robinson was reacting to a report in The Mirror that claimed Liverpool and Spurs were set to spark a £50m “transfer scramble” for the midfielder next summer.

He thinks that Leeds should tie Phillips down to a new contract that would match what he could get elsewhere.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “That’s a lot of money but I’d do absolutely anything to keep hold of Kalvin Phillips, he’s so vital to what Leeds do.

“When he’s injured he’s a huge miss for Leeds and they’re going to have to cope without him at Villa Park tonight.

“He’s the type of player you build a team around. You try to give him a contract that would match what he could get anywhere else.

“If Leeds want to stay in the Premier League and be competing for the trophies then he’s the player that needs to stay and for a team to be built around him.”

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Phillips made his England debut before playing in the Premier League – that’s how highly he’s thought of by Gareth Southgate.

Phillips signed a new contract last year that will keep him at Elland Road until 2024.

The Mirror report claimed he is on £30k-a-week and Leeds might well need to improve that next summer.

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