By Sam Stone

15th Jun, 2022 | 7:40pm

Danny Mills: Kalvin Phillips will become a squad player should he leave Leeds United for Manchester City

Danny Mills is unsure if Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips would be able to make the “step up” should he move to Manchester City this summer.

The Athletic revealed on Wednesday 15 June that City believe a bid of around £50million should be enough to break Leeds’ resolve.

However, talkSPORT pundit Mills claims it will be a huge challenge for the England man to step up if he does make the move to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Talking on talkSPORT White & Jordan on Wednesday 15 June, Mills said: “If he goes to City he becomes another squad player.

“He’s not at Rodri’s standard yet.

“He could step up to Rodri’s level, we’ve seen him put in some fantastic performances.”

Mills added: “Going to Manchester City is the next level, you’ve got to step up and if you don’t step up you get found out.”

Another level

It’s important to remember that Phillips has been featuring primarily for a Leeds United side that doesn’t possess the quality that Manchester City do.

If Phillips was to move to the Etihad, his game would go to the next level.

The stewardship of Pep Guardiola as well as playing with the likes of Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne would only benefit Phillips in the long term.

Talk of the midfielder’s departure will be hard to take for Leeds United fans but ultimately it has been a long time coming.

Jesse Marsch and the Elland Road hierarchy need to make a decision that is right for the club long-term and if City offer £50million for a player in the last two years of his contract it should be a no-brainer.

If March’s early business is anything to go by he looks to have an eye for a player and an extra £50million to play with this summer could be well spent.

In other Leeds news, Bordeaux’s financial problems could open the door for Leeds United to pursue a cut-price transfer for Alberth Elis