By Mark Smith

20th Nov, 2020 | 8:10pm

Jack Clarke sends Instagram message to Leeds ace after major Friday update

Leeds United have tied down two of their brightest talents to long-term contracts at Elland Road this week.

First, Charlie Cresswell put pen-to-paper on a new deal on Thursday, claiming that his next goal was to break into the Premier League squad.

One player who has done that is Pascal Struijk. The Dutch colossal has signed a new four-year contract to extend his stay in West Yorkshire.

A number of current and past players from the Whites have reacted to the news on Instagram, with the likes of Adam Forshaw and Ryan Edmondson delighted.

Struijk posted on his personal account on Friday morning, claiming he was happy to call Elland Road his home for many more years.

Jack Clarke has also reacted, sending a message and congratulating his “brother” for his achievement in what has been a breakthrough year.

“I love to see this, congrats my brother,” he wrote.

Clarke has become a forgotten figure in football since he left Elland Road.

The winger went from being one of our most exciting prospects to joining Spurs and struggling to earn an extended run of minutes.

The complete opposite can be said for Struijk.

The midfielder was struggling in the heart of the defence, but a chance to move into midfield to replace the injured Kalvin Phillips saw him rise to the top.

With the Yorkshire Pirlo injured again this season, the 21-year-old has started 50% of Leeds’ games in the Premier League.

Struijk is the perfect rotation option for Marcelo Bielsa, who has moved quickly to tie down two his brightest defensive talents.

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