Jesse Marsch has hinted that he wants to keep Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United for a long time.
The White midfielder has missed part of the season due to injury but is expected to return after the international break.
West Ham reportedly try to sign Phillips in January transfer window [The Guardian]while other Premier League rivals could also make a move for him.
Marsch has made it clear that along with Phillips he wants to keep Patrick Bamford and Raphinha at the club well beyond the summer.
The American said, quoted by Leeds live“I haven’t talked about the long-term future with everyone, it’s about the present and living in the moment.
“These conversations happen on the road. I would like to keep guys like Kalvin, Patrick (Bamford) and Raphinha here for as long as possible.
Phillips is likely to be heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, even if Leeds manage to avoid relegation.
The England midfielder became one of the best at his position in the league, and top Premier League clubs would vie for his signature.
For Phillips to grow further, it’s important to join a club that plays in the Champions League. Money shouldn’t be a motivating factor for him to join another club.
Leeds have the tools to compete in the Premier League, and with more investment in the future the club can really progress.
However, at the moment the focus is on Premier League survival where Los Blancos need more points on board to keep them safe.
The win over Norwich City gave them a break, but they face a tough trip to Wolves this weekend. A draw will not be a bad result.
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