Danny Mills ‘surprised’ at Leeds United accepting Man City £42m offer for Kalvin Phillips
Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills believes that the club should have pushed for more money to let Kalvin Phillips go to Manchester City.
The Premier League champions secured an agreement with the Whites for the signing of the England international for a reported fee of £42million with add-ons.
Mills, while speaking on TalkSPORT, stated that he was a bit “surprised” to see Leeds accepting just £42million to let go of their star player.
“I think it’s a little bit cheap for Kalvin Phillips. I’m a little bit surprised by that,” he said. “He’s got two years left on his deal, there was no desperation to sell. Kalvin wasn’t desperate to go, either. He wasn’t banging the doors down saying, ‘Let me go, let me go.’
“It’s a fantastic move for them. I don’t think he goes straight into their starting XI but he will challenge. He’s an experienced England international now, he’s 26 years old, he’s a very good player.
“When they were talking about £55-£60million from West Ham in January, I thought they would have to go for £70million [in the summer]. To go to £42 million? It’s a good move for Phillips, Leeds were going to have to sell him at some point, I just think that’s a bit cheap.”
Star Man in Midfield
Phillips was arguably one of the two star players in the Leeds squad and his departure will leave a big hole in the midfield ahead of the next campaign.
His leadership qualities were absolute pivotal for the Whites as they narrowly managed to escape relegation in the previous campaign.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how manager Jesse Marsch will replace the England international and ensure that the club will not have a poor campaign.
Phillips, who was a Leeds United academy player, was promoted to the club’s senior team in the summer of 2015.
Since then, he represented the Whites in 233 matches across all competitions where he managed to score 13 times and provided a similar number of assists as well [Transfermarkt].
In the previous campaign, Phillips played just 20 matches for Leeds — largely because of injury concerns — where he scored a goal and provided an assist as well.
In other Leeds United news, documents have been exchanged for this player to leave Leeds after two weeks of going back and forth.