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Why Kalvin Phillips has turned down the advances of Manchester United

Why Kalvin Phillips has turned down the advances of Manchester United

Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Leeds United and England midfielder, Kalvin Phillips.

Phillips impressing with Leeds

Kalvin Phillips, now 25, has been a mainstay in Leeds’ midfield for many years now.

The Englishman is a Leeds native and came up through their youth ranks. Since breaking into the first-team, Phillips has notched an impressive 224 appearances for The Whites, scoring 14 and assisting 13 in the process.

It is not his goal contributions, though, which have made Phillips such a key cog in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

This has instead been his defensive prowess and relentless work ethic. Such traits earned the midfielder a regular starting spot in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up over the last year+.

Why Phillips has turned down Man United

Given his impressive form, Phillips was always bound to attract attention from some of the Premier League’s heavy hitters.

And, in a recent report from the Mirror, citing the Daily Star, both Liverpool and Manchester United are credited with an interest.

However, the same report adds that Phillips has turned down the advances of the latter due to the rivalry between Leeds and the Red Devils:

Liverpool received a huge boost in their pursuit of Kalvin Phillips, as the midfielder has reportedly turned down the advances of Manchester United, due to their historic status of being Leeds United’s fiercest rivals.

More detail is provided, too, with it claimed that United were planning a £60m move for Phillips, only for the midfielder to snub their advances due to concerns over potential ramifications for his largely Leeds-orientated family:

United were reportedly planning a £60m assault on Marcelo Bielsa’s side to prise the 25-year-old out of Elland Road. However, the Daily Star claim he has snubbed United’s advances, due to his concerns about the possible ramifications for his family members who are mostly Leeds born and bred.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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