Kalvin Phillips believes that his decision to stay put at Leeds United last summer was vindicated after winning the Championship title with his boyhood club.
According to The Athletic, Aston Villa made an approach to sign the 24-year-old midfielder as they splashed the cash on new signings for their first season back in the Premier League.
However, Leeds resisted the interest in their key midfielder, who ended up signing a new £20,000-a-week contract to extend his stay at Elland Road.
Speaking about last summer, Phillips has paid tribute to Leeds’ hierarchy, sharing what Andrea Radrizzani, Victor Orta, Angus Kinnear and Marcelo Bielsa told him in discussions about his future.
When asked if his decision to stay was the right one, he told Leeds’ official website: “Definitely.
“It was a tough decision for me and my family, but I can’t say I ever wanted to leave the club.
“A lot of people are thanking me, but I think Victor, Angus, Andrea and Marcelo played a massive part in my reasons for staying here, they said if I didn’t want to leave, they weren’t going to sell me.
“I’m just thankful that it worked out the way it did, as I couldn’t imagine being at another club, looking over my shoulder and not being part of this Leeds United side getting promoted.”
After seeing Villa almost get relegated, Phillips must have been happy with his decision.
Yes, you can see why a Championship player with aspirations of playing for England would want to ditch the second-tier in order to play in the Premier League.
But, what is better? Playing one more year at your boyhood club to help them win promotion – a massive achievement for Leeds. Or, move to a team that was likely to be in a relegation battle all season?
Villa did exactly that and a failed Hawkeye decision was the only thing to keep them in the Premier League.
If we’re in a relegation battle next season, at least Phillips would rather do it in a Leeds shirt than an Aston Villa one.
In other Leeds United news, this loanee has said he’ll be back at Leeds next season.