Kalvin Phillips is ready to make a decision on his future at Leeds United amid interest from Manchester United. The England international is an integral player at Elland Road.
Phillips has appeared to shut down talk of a move to United after admitting his true ambitions at Leeds.
The midfielder is currently out injured for the Whites at a crucial time for them as they continue to toil in the Premier League.
There is a real worry that they could get roped into a relegation battle while speculation has already begun over Marcelo Bielsa’s future.
Leeds fans are desperate to see Phillips back on the pitch with Leeds just two spots above the bottom three after one win in eight.
The England international has been ruled out until February with a hamstring problem while interest in his services has grown after his brilliant season last year.
United are reportedly interested in Phillips with a defensive midfielder top of their wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window next year.
But the 26-year-old has insisted he is happy where he is and regularly speaks with the Leeds owner, with a new contract in mind.
“I just want to focus on getting back fit,’ he told the Daily Mail. “But I speak to the owner regularly. I want a new contract. I’m very happy here.”
That would appear to deal a major blow to the Red Devils, who have other options on their shortlist.
As well as Phillips, West Ham star Declan Rice is also being eyed but it is believed that he could be valued as high as £100m.
Cheaper options include AC Milan ace Franck Kessie and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, who are both out of contract at the end of the season.
Whether Phillips’ stance changes if Leeds are relegated remains to be seen having come up through their academy.
But the Englishman has admitted that teams they are playing this season appear to have figured them out.
“One of the main things is that we’ve now played every team before. We are not new any more. A lot of teams are coming to us and knowing how to play against us,” he added.
“They are changing their formation two or three times every game, and it does cause us disruption in the way we play. There is a bit of confusion.”