The Leeds United pair have been linked with exits from the club this summer.
Stephen Warnock sat down for an exclusive interview with Football League World, and suggested that Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke will only be tempted to leave Leeds United if Marcelo Bielsa’s side fail to secure promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Whites duo have been linked with exits from Elland Road this summer. According to the Sun(14 April, page 61), Southampton are keen on signing £20 million-rated Phillips, whilst the Times claims that Tottenham and Crystal Palace are interested in Clarke, who is reportedly valued at around £15 million.
The 23-year-old and 18-year-old are both exceptionally gifted young players, and Leeds will surely do all that they can to keep hold of the duo in the summer.
Warnock shared his belief that both players will stay at Elland Road, unless they fail to secure promotion back to the Premier League, when speaking exclusively to Football League World:
“I think if Leeds go up, neither of them will leave. If you’re playing Premier League football for Leeds United, there’s not many bigger clubs within the Premier League. The only thing that will tempt them to leave is if they don’t go up, that’s something that they’ll have to decide on then. Playing Premier League football is what every kid dreams of doing, and they will be no different.”
Leeds’ hopes of earning automatic promotion are all but over, and they will most likely have to do it the hard way through the play-offs.
And Bielsa will be desperate to take his side up to the Premier League this season, if for nothing else but to improve his chance of keeping hold of some of his brightest young talents.