By Craig Scott

7th Apr, 2022 | 7:40am

Luke Ayling tells Leeds United chiefs he wants new contract, wants to end career at Elland Road

By Kurt Leyland

Luke Ayling wants to spend the rest of his career at Leeds United and has told club chiefs he wants a new contract, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper reported via their print edition today [7 April, page 53] that Ayling, 30, will be out of contract at the end of the season and his future remains unclear.

But he has told the club he would love to sign a contract extension to see out the remainder of his career with the Yorkshire club.

The Mirror also quotes Ayling as saying: “I’d love to spend the rest of my life in Leeds. I love it here. I brought my family here and I’d live here for the rest of my life.

“Ideally I’d love to stay here for the rest of my career, but football is a cut-throat business and who knows what’s in the future.“

Give him a contract

It is imperative that Leeds United do everything they can to keep Ayling at Elland Road after this season.

The defender has become a “cult figure” at Elland Road since signing for the club in 2016 and played a vital role in helping the team to promotion back to the Premier League in 2020.

He is also a natural leader in the dressing room.

Ayling featured in every single game in the 2020/21 campaign to help the Whites consolidate their Premier League position under Marcelo Bielsa.

The full-back has continued to play a big role this campaign and his energy at both ends of the pitch has proved crucial to the way Leeds play.

He has been a key figure in the club’s improved form under manager Jesse Marsch and this was shown most recently against Wolves where Ayling scored and assisted in the 3-2 victory.

In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road ace could be thrown under the bus by Marsch after what happened on Monday.