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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to get Luke Ayling tied down to a new contract with his existing terms set to expire at the end of the season.
Ayling, 31, has dropped down the pecking order since the summer with Jesse Marsch signing Denmark right-back Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg.
The Dane’s performances have attracted criticism while Ayling has been recovering from a long-term injury setback before making just his second start of the season in the Carabao Cup defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night (9 November).
Regardless of Kristensen’s form and the fact he’s now Marsch’s first-choice right-back, Robinson has called on Leeds to ensure Ayling stays at Elland Road past the end of the season.
“Ayling’s not at the end of his career,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“He should have a new deal, without a doubt. It’s a no-brainer.
“He’s a good quality player, he’s been a good servant for Leeds and he also gives the option be able to play in a back-three as well as at right-back.
“He should have a new deal.”
On 7 April, The Mirror reported in their print edition (page 53) that Ayling asked Leeds’ hierarchy to offer him a new contract as he wanted to spend the rest of his career at the Yorkshire club.
So far, it seems that request has fallen upon deaf ears.
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