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Phillips to 'turn down Man Utd' so as not to 'betray' Leeds fans

Kalvin Phillips will resist any attempt by Manchester United to sign him in a £60m deal this summer because he couldn’t bear to betray Leeds fans, according to the Daily Mail.

Phillips will be a target for a number of clubs this summer and United could move for the England midfielder as part of a major rebuild under their new manager Erik ten Hag.

However, Leeds-born Phillips, 26, is acutely aware of the enmity between his hometown team and their bitter rivals from across the Pennines, and would be opposed to joining United.

Leeds would like to keep Phillips but may opt to cash in if they cannot afford his salary. Despite rejecting two offers of about £55m from West Ham in the January window, they may now consider bids closer to £60m.

Aston Villa and Newcastle are also monitoring Phillips’ situation. It has been complicated because he is in the process of switching agents, meaning that any decision could be delayed until June.

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