By Saikat Mandal

17th Feb, 2023 | 8:35pm

Leeds United now keen to extend contracts of Robin Koch and Jack Harrison

Leeds United are now keen to extend deals of two first-team stars next, Robin Koch and Jack Harrison, after Luke Ayling committed his future to the club this week, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post (page 45, 17 February).

The duo have contracts at the club until 2024, but the Whites are looking to tie them down on fresh new deals. Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas will see their contracts expire at the end of next season as well.

Harrison was reportedly close to joining Leicester City in the final few hours of the January transfer window, but the deal didn’t materialize in the end [The Athletic].

“Fellow Championship winners Cooper and Stuart Dallas see their contracts expire at the end of next season, while the club are keen to extend Robin Koch’s and Jack Harrison’s deals which also come to an end in June 2024,” report the YEP.

Smart idea

This should be a good move, although it doesn’t mean the duo are going to stay for a long time. 

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

The best example is Diego Llorente. The Spaniard also signed a long-term deal at the club, but he could be leaving the Whites in the summer. 

The central defender joined AS Roma in the January window on loan, and the Giallorossi have the option to sign him permanently next summer. 

There is also another aspect. The club is yet to appoint a new manager, and there is no guarantee that the potential new boss will want these two players to be a part of his team. 

The situation of Harrison is very interesting. He is someone who is liked by several Premier League clubs, and the interest in him may not die down in the summer as well. 

In such a scenario, getting a new deal for him puts Leeds in a win-win situation. They can sell Harrison at a high price if there’s a good offer on the table. 

In other Leeds United news, click here to see breaking, around-the-clock updates on Leeds’ search for a new manager in our interactive live blog.

Be sure to follow MOT Leeds News on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest, breaking news from Elland Road.