£25,000-a-week midfielder fears he would tarnish his reputation by joining Manchester United

According to The Telegraph via Metro UK, Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips fears he would tarnish his reputation with Leeds United supporters by joining Manchester United and therefore favours a move to Manchester City.

The England international has two years left on his £25,000-a-week contract with Leeds United and is attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and also Newcastle United.

The Red Devils are keen on signing Phillips this summer to bolster the midfield, which requires stregthening as Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are set to leave the club.

Phillips missed four months of last season with a hamstring problem but his energy and intensity levels are exactly what Erik ten Hag wants to bring to United, while Ralf Rangnick bemoaned the side’s lack of physicality.

The Red Devils are also interested in signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice but with David Moyes’ side demanding £150million for Rice, Phillips is seen as an ideal alternative.

Leeds United rejected West Ham’s offer of £55million for Phillips during the January transfer window but it is believed it will take way more to tempt Leeds United into selling the midfielder.