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'Big': BBC pundit 'surprised' by Leeds transfer rumour involving 23-cap international

Clinton Morrison has claimed that Kalvin Phillps won’t leave Leeds United for Manchester United and he is ‘surprised’ Manchester City want to sign him because they already have Rodri at their disposal, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

The former striker added that Phillips will ‘find it hard to turn down’ a club like Manchester City, if the Premier League champions come knocking for the boyhood Leeds fan’s talents this summer.

It has been well-documented that the Whites could lose their hard-hitting midfielder this summer, with several teams keen to bring him in.

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Will those in the Elland Road boardroom cash-in if a big offer is put on the table? Or will they resist and insist on keeping such a key asset to their club?

Then there is Phillips himself and how he feels about this all, if he asks to leave, and there is no indication he has, then that doesn’t bode well for the club.

Either way, this is what Morrison had to say about Phillips’ future at Leeds and how the 23-cap England international has a ‘big call to make during these coming weeks.

“I was surprised they were linked with him because they have got Rodri,” said Morrison. “I know Kalvin Phillips would want to be playing, week in and week out, which he is doing at Leeds.

“If he went to Manchester City, then it would be hard to turn down to work with one of the best managers and some of the best players in the world.

“But this season, he needs to be playing on a regular basis to get into that World Cup squad. He will get into the World Cup squad and be a regular starter for Gareth Southgate. It’s a big decision for Phillips.

“You say PSG are also interested in him and there could be a big bidding war. Do I think he will go to Manchester United? I don’t think he will go. If it’s out of the two, then you go to Manchester City.”

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If Phillips is sold, then Leeds need him out of the door as soon as possible, so they can get the money in and look for a replacement or replacements.

They can’t afford for the final few weeks of the summer transfer to let him go, else the season would have started by then and there would be no pre-season for the new faces to settle in.

That’s the situation Aston Villa found themselves in last summer when they sold boyhood fan Jack Grealish to Manchester City for £100 million.

It all happened just before the Premier League season started, with new signings such as Leon Bailey and Danny Ings, not having much of a pre-season or time to settle into their new surroundings.

Preparation is absolutely key here because, as Leeds found out last season with their injuries, when their big names are missing, they look like a fish out of water.

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