Leeds to fork out 'Significant' sum of money to Midlands club if they go up due to player clause
Leeds United will have to send a “six-figure” fee the way of Chesterfield if they win promotion to the Premier League, it has been confirmed.
In 2014, Leeds signed Liam Cooper from Chesterfield and it seems that the deal included a clause that sees the Spireites pocket more cash if the Whites return to the top-flight.
Second-placed Leeds are edging closer to promotion and it seems that the Derbyshire club are praying Marcelo Bielsa’s men can seal the deal, based on what their company secretary Ashley Carson has revealed.
“I have been asked about Liam Cooper’s contract and if anything was put into it for CFC to gain any bonus if Leeds United were to gain promotion, whilst Liam was still a player for them,” Carson said, as quoted by Non-League Daily.
“Well, for all of you who ‘hate Leeds’, I suggest you start cheering for them. We do have a clause that pays us a significant bonus if they gain promotion to the Premier League.
“As you can imagine, the contract is subject to confidentiality, no surprise, but it is a six-figure sum.”
If Leeds win promotion then the six-figure sum they owe Chesterfield is unlikely to be anything significant for them but for a club who just about avoided relegation from the National League this season.
It is likely to be a game-changer for the Midlands club, who have been in freefall in recent years and could be revived by Cooper’s clause.
Cooper has been magnificent for Leeds this season and in our opinion, he has been the most under-rated player in Bielsa’s squad even though he’s captain.
Ben White has understandably stolen all the headlines but without Cooper alongside him in the heart of the defence, Leeds would not be where they are in the league table right now.
Let’s hope Cooper and White can keep things tight on Saturday when Fulham and Aleksandar Mitrovic arrive in West Yorkshire.
It promises to be a massive game and one that Leeds need to avoid defeat in.
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