Leeds United fans are ecstatic after Aston Villa target Kalvin Phillips was included in the club’s squad for their pre-season tour.
Phillips is part of a 16-man travelling party who will take on Manchester United and Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia, it was confirmed on Saturday.
He had been left out of Leeds’ first friendly match against York earlier this week and although the midfielder featured in the clash against Guiseley a day later, his inclusion in the squad comes as a boost for Whites fans who are desperate to see the academy graduate stay at Elland Road.
Villa have registered their interest with Leeds but continue to be put off by the Championship side’s valuation of the 23-year-old.
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The claret and blues have already opened their cheque book to make seven new signings during the transfer window including big-money deals for Brazlian striker Wesley Moraes and defender Tyrone Mings who returned on a permanent basis from Bournemouth.
Villa are also closing on holding midfielder Douglas Luiz from Manchester City and Stade Reims defender Bjorn Engels.
With Phillips clearly still a part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, here’s what Leeds fans have been saying about his future amid Villa’s interest:
@BarneyStuart21: Phillips is on the plane to Australia.
@LUFC1992_: Yorkshire Pirlo.
@OliWhiteMOT93: THE YORKSHIRE PIRLOOOO.
@Samuelchambers_: Glad Phillips is there.
@MMandziuk16: Would’ve been nice to see more of the new boys but can fully understand why not, surely this means KP is staying?
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@MatthewCarlyle7: I agree. Don’t think Villa can afford the asking price.
@RKO4life2009: Glad Phillips is there MOT.
@RaisingTheRoofe: Kalvin kiss me daddy.
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