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This Leeds United Ace Has No Intention Of Moving To Manchester United: Big Boost For The Whites?

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In a recent report, The Daily Star offered an update on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ future. It is understood that the Whites midfield star has no intention of quitting Elland Road in favour of a move to Manchester United next summer as he fears the backlash from the Leeds supporters over such a transfer.

Phillips’ Decent Run Of Form At Elland Road This Season

The 25-year-old is having a solid campaign with the West Yorkshire outfit despite his team’s recent struggles in the Premier League. Phillips has participated in 12 matches for the Whites this season, finding the back of the net once and grabbing one assist across multiple competitions.

The Leeds-born talent has been a consistent performer at the heart of Marcelo Bielsa’s midfield as he is averaging 2.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.0 shots and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in the English top-flight. He has even taken care of the ball well when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 83.7% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United makes a pass whilst under pressure from Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 21, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Phillips Has No Intention Of Joining Man United Next Summer: Big Boost For Leeds United?

Phillips can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life tough for the opposition at the centre of the park. He usually times his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side and has got decent defensive awareness that helps him clear his lines when needed.

The 19-time England international doesn’t shy away from having a strike at goal and can even engineer a few meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third. He has got everything in his locker to be a real superstar in English football.

Leeds United simply cannot afford to lose Phillips as he remains one of the most important members of Bielsa‘s match-day squad. The English sensation has already established himself as a real fan-favourite at Elland Road. Therefore, this recent development of Phillips’ intention to snub a potential move to Man United next summer will be a massive boost for the Whites and their chances of keeping hold of their star player beyond this campaign.

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