By George Overhill

28th Mar, 2023 | 12:10pm

Leeds United don't want Kalvin Phillips back from Manchester City

Leeds United are not currently in the race to bring former star midfielder Kalvin Philips back to the club at the end of the season, according to Mo Ibrahim.

The England star has barely had a season since making a £42million move to Manchester City last summer and could be set to leave the Etihad after just a year and 342 minutes of action across all competitions.

The Daily Star had reported on 25 March that the Whites were ready to make a second bid to bring him back to Elland Road after failing with a loan approach in January and would battle West Ham, while 90min mentioned the winter attempt a day later and name Newcastle, Wolves and Leicester as in the mix, but Ibrahim has disputed the Leeds involvement.

Reporting via Twitter on Monday (27 March) Ibrahim, part of Gianluca Di Marzio’s team, wrote: “Contrary to reports, Leeds United are not working to bring back Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City.”

Disheartening

Granted, the saying is to never go back, but given Phillips has hardly featured under Pep Guardiola it is almost as if he never quite left.

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His quality is not in dispute with Gareth Southgate still happy to pick him for England and start him in the win against Italy on 23 March.

And there is certainly still space for him in the Whites midfield despite the signings of Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Weston McKennie since he left, as whatever the merits of those three players the fan-favourite is still an upgrade to the group.

Sometimes the richest clubs seem to buy players for the sake of it and although injury problems have played their part there always seemed to be a possibility that Phillips would go from Leeds United stand-out to Manchester City bit part.

That isn’t necessarily his fault or even Guardiola’s but spending £42million on a player that you essentially didn’t need shows the embarrassment of riches at the Etihad.

Perhaps with Andrea Radrizzani in charge the Whites aren’t in a position to stump up a decent proportion of the fee they received to bring the 27-year-old back, but if the 49ers are on their way in and are ready to invest it seems an obvious one to look at.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a significant injury update after a crucial pair returned from international duty.

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