Noel Whelan is confident that his former club Leeds United will retain the services of Kalvin Phillips in spite of reported interest from Liverpool.

The former Whites and Coventry attacker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, conceded that “money talks” but said it’d take “an astronomical figure” to tempt Marcelo Bielsa’s side into selling the 24-year-old.

The Mirror report that the Premier League champions, along with Tottenham Hotpsur, are keeping close tabs on the versatile midfielder with an eye to a £50 million swoop next summer.

Kalvin recently earned his first England caps after impressing head coach Gareth Southgate over the past 12 months. Noel is adamant that Elland Road is the “best” place for the Englishman.

“Look, Leeds do not need to sell him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “That is the way it is. We are not a selling club anymore.

“We are in the Premier League and if we are going to be successful and hit the heights that we hope to, it is imperative that we keep Kalvin Phillips.

“Speculation will happen and I know money talks but Kalvin is a Leeds lad who pledged his contract to the club by signing a new contract.

“To get him away from Leeds right now would take an astronomical figure. Otherwise Leeds would not even contemplate the idea of selling him next summer. Kalvin is at the club which is best for him.”

In the meantime, Liverpool have been put on red alert with the news that Barcelona are reportedly keen on landing Wolverhampton Wanderers and Spain winger Adam Traore.