Rio Ferdinand adamant Kalvin Phillips won't join Manchester United this summer from Leeds United
Rio Ferdinand says Kalvin Phillips will not join Manchester United this summer because he is a Leeds boy and says he wouldn’t be able to set foot back in the city.
Ferdinand famously made a £30m move from Leeds to Man United back in 2002 and has been an unpopular figure at Elland Road ever since.
Now Phillips has been linked with a £50m to cross the divide this summer, but Ferdinand told his ‘Vibe with Five’ podcast that the England international would be a ‘brave man’ to make the move but is adamant he won’t.
“Kalvin Phillips don’t go to Man United,” he said.
“This is the difference between me and him, he’s a Leeds boy. He can’t set foot back in Leeds [if he goes]. His family have to move out, if he goes to Man United. Trust me.
“I had the head of Yorkshire police ring me when I left for Man United and said, ‘don’t come back for a while’ and I was only there for 18 months.
“Kalvin is a top player, he ain’t going to Man United.
“If Kalvin Phillips goes to Man United… boy. He’s a brave man.”
Phillips has already made it clear that he wants to stay at Leeds this summer, but relegation could force his and the club’s hand in that sense.
If the club go down then the money needed to renew his contract and pay his wages disappears, and the £50-60m fee being reported suddenly becomes a lot more attractive.
But importantly for Phillips, Manchester United aren’t the only interested party. Ferdinand didn’t have any association to the club other than during those 18 months but for Phillips it runs deeper.
While Newcastle and Aston Villa won’t be able to offer him the same chances at trophies and continental football, financially they can probably make similar offers and it means he doesn’t have to join a rival.
Phillips leaving in the summer wouldn’t be the biggest shock, but seeing him put on a red shirt would be blasphemy and it won’t happen.
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