It's Phillips decision
01 Oct 2021 07:43 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 1st October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
It's Phillips decision
Marcelo Bielsa was very philosophical when asked about Kalvin Phillips Elland Road future, during his pre match presser yesterday. Instead of laying the law down as many Managers have done in the past, the Argentine gave a very balanced response, and put the ball firmly in the players court! Multiple media sources indicate that Manchester Utd have turned their attention to the Yorkshire Pirlo, after switching their attention from Declan Rice, because of the 90 m price tag attached to the West Ham midfielder.
Sources close to Elland Road insist Phillips is happy at Leeds, yet a new contract worth 70k a week may sweeten the deal further. That doesn't necessarily mean Phillips will stay long term, it just means a potential buyer will have to stump up more money for him. With respect to Manchester Utd, any of the top four would break the bank for Phillips. A fee of between £90m - £100m seems a sensible amount, whilst the red side of Manchester are hoping for a lot less than that. According to Bielsa...
That’s a question that Kalvin needs to answer. Of course for us he’s a very valuable player and we have to adapt ourselves to how he feels belonging to Leeds in the measure that his career develops. I have seen in him, a conduct that I very rarely seen in a player in how football is right now.
For a player to decline a team above the level where he is at, due to the love of a club where he’s at, it’s not frequent. And I have the certainty that Kalvin is going to enjoy for the rest of his life, the decisions he makes. He will be loved definitively in the place where he was born and where he belongs.
When you go for the money or the evolution, you resolve a moment in your sporting career, but when you opt for the affection of your people, you resolve in commas your life forever, because when you are loved where you are from, the possibilities to be happy increase.
What to do with £100m
This is a completely hypothetical question, but if Phillips did leave, who would you bring in, and what would be the estimated cost?
No end in sight for Koch
It was revealed yesterday during Marcelo Bielsa's press conference that German International centre-back Robin Koch may continue to be sidelined for some time! He sustained a groin strain during the latter stages of the Manchester Utd mauling on the opening day of the season, almost seven weeks ago. To make matters worse, there is no end in sight as Bielsa explains...
Koch has a problem in his pubis which is a very rebellious injury where there is no prognostic of when he will be recovered because it can last a short period or a long period of time so that is subject to his evolution.
Reading between the lines (or at least I hope I am) Koch is responding well to treatment, and hopes to be back soon!