By Daniel Feliciano

9th Dec, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United not in talks to renew Rodrigo Moreno contract at Elland Road

Leeds United are not in talks with Rodrigo Moreno over signing a new contract at Elland Road right now, according to journalist Graeme Bailey.

The Whites paid £27m to sign him from Valencia in 2020 and this season the Spaniard is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League with nine goals, as a key member of Jesse Marsch’s attacking lineup.

Rodrigo earns £100k per-week at Elland Road (The Times, 26 Aug 2020) and will be 33 by the time his current deal expires in 2024, and Bailey told TEAMtalk (8 December) that those are factors in why the club haven’t opened talks over a new deal yet.

“As it stands Leeds do not have plans to hand a enter talks over a new deal with Rodrigo – but he does still have 18-months left on his deal, which is substantial,” Bailey said.

“Rodrigo is the highest paid player at Elland Road, and this is a big consideration for Leeds.

“He is enjoying by far his best season since arriving at Elland Road, but he will be 33 by the time his contract expires so there is not a huge need to engage just yet.”

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There are some big decisions that the board need to make when it comes to contract over the next few months, and Rodrigo is certainly one of them.

Prior to this season he had really struggled at Elland Road and an exit seemed on the cards either before his deal expired or when it did, but his form this season has been superb.

There is no doubt that he has been one of the team’s best and most consistent performers, and with that he certainly deserves a new contract at the club.

However his age is certainly something to consider before offering him new terms, because he’s at an age where performances could take a down-turn permanently at any point now.

It’s a sensible approach from the club considering he is the club’s highest earner, but it’s certainly something they need to decide before the summer so they can plan properly and not leave themselves vulnerable.

In other Leeds news, the club are close to agreeing a new contract with a senior first-team player.