By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 12:53pm

Framed Kalvin Phillips' shirt spotted in Andrea Radrizzani's office

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is seemingly a huge fan of England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

The 25-year-old is one of the best players in his position in the English top-flight, and is arguably the Whites’ most influential player.

Radrizzani has a framed shirt of the Leeds ace in his office in Italy, and Live Leeds reporter Joe Donnohue has shared an image of it on his personal Twitter account.

He posted on Thursday morning: “Andrea Radrizzani speaking to Sky News from his Milan office this morning.

“That’s a framed Kalvin Phillips shirt in the background.”

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Radz is a successful businessman, but the Leeds chief is clearly a huge fan of the game, and it appears Phillips is his favourite player at Elland Road.

The Whites number 23 epitomises the recent growth of the Yorkshire giants having been with them all the way from the Championship to the Premier League, opting to remain with them when Aston Villa came calling in the summer of 2019 after they missed out on promotion.

The Three Lions ace became the third player in the 21st century to represent England before making an appearance in the top division of a country when he made his debut in a draw against Denmark in September 2020.

He has justified his inclusion in the star-studded team with a brilliant campaign at the European Championship in the summer, emerging as England’s 2020-21 Men’s Player of the Year.

Gareth Southgate’s side were without the Leeds academy graduate during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Hungary, and his absence was greatly felt.

Several bigwigs have been linked with Phillips since last summer, and there are bound to be offers for him after next summer’s World Cup.

Radrizzani will be keen to retain the player for as long as possible, though, but he could be forced to sanction a sale in the near future if the midfielder ever asks to leave.

However, Phillips is Leeds through and through, and not many would be surprised if he decides to spend all of his career with his childhood club.

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