By George Overhill

27th Apr, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United contract talks with Kalvin Phillips will come to a head after season conclusion

There has been “no progress” on a new Leeds United contract for Kalvin Phillips since the initial contact in December according to The Athletic.

Amid strong interest from the likes of Manchester United and Aston Villa, the midfielder’s future has remained up in the air during the second half of the season, although the report states he has never asked to leave.

But despite an apparent willingness on both sides to get a deal done, the issue has been put on the back burner until the end of the campaign, with the 26-year-old reportedly one of the higher earners at the club after promotion and two years left on his current agreement.

Phil Hay and Laurie Whitwell write in The Athletic: “In the run-up to Christmas, Leeds indicated to Phillips that they wanted to begin discussing a new contract with him. Phillips was receptive and made it clear that he would be happy to consider an offer.

“Since then, however, there has been no progress on an extension and nothing in the way of a firm or formal proposal. Leeds ran into relegation trouble, Bielsa was sacked, and a conversation about Phillips’ future will wait until this season has finished, once the club are certain of their league status.

“Both sides appear relaxed about the situation and Leeds are hopeful that they will convince Phillips to take new terms and stay for another year. But they understand, too, that Phillips’ value will diminish if his current contract is allowed to run towards its final 12 months.”

Encouraging?

Of all the clubs who could be affecting the England star’s future at Elland Road it seems like the unlikely culprit at the top of the list is Burnley.

The Claret’s sudden explosion in form since getting rid of Sean Dyche has put them well in contention for Premier League survival, and potentially dragged United back into the relegation battle.

Even if Everton look to now be the team struggling the most, the fact that the resurgence means the gap between the three has closed sufficiently that there will be no conclusion for some time yet.

The longer the uncertainty lingers on where the Whites will be playing their football next season, the longer important issues like the future of key players will remain in the balance.

And with teams already making plans for the summer transfer window, those plans will prominently include the likes of Phillips and Raphinha unless or until internal discussions make the situation clear.

All the noises from the player’s side suggest he wants to remain at his boyhood club at least for the short term future.

And if the club are as interested as this report suggests then surely negotiations should be relatively simple, although a potential agent switch could still complicate matters.

In other Leeds United news, Jonathan Pierce made a tight relegation battle prediction and then an embarrassing slip left Chris Sutton wheezing with laughter.