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·28 November 2021

'Something not right' between Leeds boss Bielsa and Phillips

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Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes there's issues between Kalvin Phillips and manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Phillips was deployed at centre-back rather than his usual position in midfield as Leeds took on Brighton on Saturday.

However, Bielsa elected to take Phillips off at the break, with Pascal Struijk entering the fray instead. The game ended in a goalless draw.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp said: "I think there's something not quite right. He was definitely detailed to play in defence, but I saw him drift into midfield.

"I listened to the interview he did after the Tottenham game, where he had to hold back a few times. He's an England midfielder, he doesn't want to play as a defender.

"Needs must sometimes, where you have to do whatever is best for the team, but right now Leeds have other defenders that can do the job.

"He wants to be doing the job he's doing for England - that comes with frustration and comes, to a certain extent, with ego as well.

"He'll know right now, after the Euros, people are talking about him, big clubs are courting him, people want him, he doesn't want to be playing centre-back for Leeds."

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