The England international, who is a favourite of Gareth Southgate, was born in Leeds and joined the club as a 15-year-old. He spent six seasons earning his stripes in the Championship before excelling in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, and now Jesse Marsch.
While Phillips’ stance could force Man City to look elsewhere, much like rivals Man Utd, Leeds may have a tougher time convincing Raphinha to stick around. The Brazilian does not have the same hometown loyalty as Phillips, known as ‘the Yorkshire Pirlo’, and would reportedly jump at the chance to join Barcelona this summer. The winger’s agent, Deco, is a former Barca star and Xavi is believed to be a big fan of the Leeds trickster.