The Jurgen Klopp transfer advice Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips must consider about Man United

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Leeds United supporters will be drawing on advice given by Jurgen Klopp to persuade Kalvin Phillips to stay amid reports linking him with a move away from the club.

The England midfielder is the subject of interest from arch-rivals Manchester United who have supposedly been quoted a GBP60m price tag.

Success for clubs like Leeds in the Premier League often leads to a familiar bittersweet feeling as the stand-out players begin to be courted by sides competing in Europe.

Jack Grealish’s GBP100m move from Aston Villa to Manchester City over the summer is a prime example.

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Further back than that, and on a larger scale, was Phillipe Coutinho’s mega move to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018.

Klopp’s comments at the time were very well received by Reds supporters and will continue to stay relevant for the rest of time.

“Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour,” he said.

“Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”

Those quotes could not ring any truer of Phillips’ situation at Leeds as he would undoubtedly be viewed as a legend if he spends the continuation of his prime years with his boyhood club.

However, after the 25-year-old competed with such distinction in England’s run to the final at Euro 2020, it would be naive to imagine that he doesn’t want to regularly play at the top level.

The ideal scenario for him would be for Leeds to qualify for the Europa or Champions League but, with the quality at the top end of the Premier League, this looks tough to achieve in the short term.

It would also be a big shock to everyone involved with the club if Phillips was to move to Manchester United considering the history between the two teams and the midfielder’s love for his home town club.

However, links – albeit unsubstantiated – emerged during the summer linking the midfielder with moves to both Manchester City and Liverpool.

If teams with similar stature from around Europe were to come calling, there is nothing to guarantee he will not choose the offer of Champions League football, which would be totally understandable.

Phillips’ love for Leeds has never, and will never, be in any doubt and no transfer decision will change that, but Whites fans will be desperate for him to stay and build a real legacy with the club that is so close to his heart.

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