REPORTS: Leeds midfielder Phillips has issues with manager Bielsa
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REPORTS: Leeds midfielder Phillips has issues with manager Bielsa

England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips has some issues with manager Marcelo Bielsa according to Jamie Redknapp.

Phillips was deployed at center-back rather than his usual position in midfield as Leeds took on Brighton on Saturday and was taken off at the break with Pascal Struijk replacing him as the game ended goalless.

In his analysis with Sky Sports, Redknapp believes there is something that is not right between the pair.

"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 an 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," the pundit said.

Leeds who have had a tough starting to the season are currently placed 17th on the log and will be up against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

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