By David Woods

25th Mar, 2020 | 1:08pm

Championship player makes big claim about Leeds midfielder on social media

Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham has claimed that Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is the best player he’s ever played against.

16-year-old Bellingham has made a sensational breakthrough into the Birmingham first team this season, playing 32 games in the Championship.

He scored a brilliant goal in the game against Leeds that ended 5-4 to Marcelo Bielsa’s men after a very late own goal.

Bellingham also started in the game that Leeds won 1-0 earlier in the season and it seems that Phillips has made a big impression on the young midfielder.

In an Instagram Q&A, Bellingham was asked, “Best player you’ve played against?”

Bellingham replied with a shot of Phillips and him in action in the Championship.

Bellingham has been one of the stories of the 19/20 Championship.

Having seen him play it’s hard to believe that he’s just 16-years-old and in his first senior season.

He’s impressed so much that Birmingham value him at a staggering £30m, with Man United said to be interested.

It begs the question if a 16-year-old is valued at £30m then how much is Kalvin Phillips worth?

He was said to be valued at £30m last summer when a number of Premier League clubs were reported to be after him.

He signed a new contract with Leeds instead and the hope is that he will get to play Premier League football at Elland Road next season.

If Leeds don’t get promoted then we can’t see him staying for another season in the Championship, with a place in the delayed Euro 2020 squad being tipped.

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