By Mark Smith

3rd Dec, 2021 | 4:40pm

Phil Hay responds to Kalvin Phillips and Marcelo Bielsa rift rumours at Leeds United

Phil Hay has responded to the claims of a rift between Leeds United duo Kalvin Phillips and Marcelo Bielsa this week.

The Yorkshire Pirlo shut down the rumours emphatically on Tuesday (30th November) despite no one in Elland Road believing them.

Hay insisted that everyone knows what a rift with Bielsa looks like, sharing it usually ends in a player sale – using Pontus Jansson as an example.

Speaking on the Phil Hay Show this morning, Hay shared that suggestions of a rift were always clearly wrong.

“Being substituted early at Leeds is in no means a new phenomenon with Bielsa,” he said.

“As Bielsa has proved pretty comprehensively, you don’t get any sacred cows at Leeds, there is literally nobody who Bielsa is scared of upsetting by saying ‘you’re coming off after 20 minutes’ – I’m not saying he’s happy doing it.

“We know what a fallout with Bielsa looks like, it looks like Jansson being sold to Brentford with no other offers on the table.”

Perfect timing.

Jansson is the perfect example of this, and it comes just as the Swede is set to return to Elland Road on Sunday (5th December).

We all remember the pictures of the defender sitting on the turf after the play-off defeat against Derby, despite him not playing in that one.

Weeks after that, rumours of a rift between him and Bielsa surfaced and then he was sold to Brentford, something Hay said was his only offer at the time.

Phillips would never fall into that category.

The Yorkshire Pirlo epitomises “Side before Self” and even admitted himself that he couldn’t respect El Loco more even if he tried, insisting he would play in net if asked.

There will be interest in Phillips in the near future, and although he may leave, it would be for huge money and never because of a rift – any suggestions of that are simply embarrassing.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action