MARCELO BIELSA has revealed Manchester United target Calvin Phillips will leave the club only if his relationship with the club and fans remains intact.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old as a substitute for his England international teammate Declan Rice.
It is claimed that the whites have slapped the midfielder worth £60million.
But the Yorkshire outfit are keen to retain their academy graduate and are said to have started contract talks with the player.
And Leeds boss Bielsa has now commented on Phillips’ future as he admitted there could be an exit away from land Road.
However, Argentina’s 66-year-old Gaffer has played down the chances of going for his arch-rivals United.
Speaking of Phillips, he said: “I’m sure the day he leaves Leeds and the way he does it, far from inflicting disappointment – certainly it will create disappointment – but this club, the people.” is about to strengthen its link with and the city.
“I’m sure he will leave only if there is a guarantee that the link to the place where he was born is intact. He will know how to do that.”
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Asked if he was confident he would stay at Leeds, he said: “That’s a question that Calvin will have to answer.
“Of course for us he is a very valuable player. We have to adapt ourselves to how he feels from Leeds.
“I’ve seen a behavior in him that I’ve rarely seen in a player that’s how football is right now.
“For a player to climb to the level he is at, it is not often the club he is in.
“I’m sure Calvin is going to enjoy it to the rest of his life, the decision he’s going to make.
“He will forever be surely loved in the place where he was born and where he is.
“When you go for money or for development, you are taking a vow at a moment in your sports career.
“But when you choose the affection of your people, your life is resolved forever because when you are in love, your chances of being happy increase.”