By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Jan, 2022 | 1:20pm

Marcelo Bielsa wants Adam Forshaw to remain at Leeds beyond this summer

Leeds United plan to open contract talks with Adam Forshaw, according to the Daily Mirror journalist David Anderson.

The current agreement of the English midfielder, 30, ends in June 2022, and Marcelo Bielsa wants him to remain at Elland Road beyond this summer.

Forshaw has been a revelation since returning this season after nearly two years out with a hip problem, and the Leeds head coach has admitted his surprise at his form.

Bielsa feels the midfielder deserves a contract extension at the west Yorkshire outfit, and talks are expected to start soon.

Absolutely deserved

Some Whites fans mocked Andrea Radrizzani after the chairman claimed back in August that the former Everton man was the club’s new midfield signing after he returned to fitness.

Forshaw has since featured in 14 games across all competitions for the side, starting 11 of them, and he is now a regular in the starting XI.

Leeds opted against bringing in another player in the position last summer, and that decision has helped the midfielder.

With Kalvin Phillips out injured, Forshaw has stepped up his game, and he deserves a new deal without any doubt.

Bielsa could still decide against signing another central midfielder in the January transfer window because of him, and not many would blame him if that happens.

He has arguably been the Whites second best player this season, emerging as the official man of the match four times, completing 83% of his passes and averaging 37 passes per game.

Not many would have predicted such a return for Forshaw, and we could just start seeing that player Bielsa once claimed has the right attributes to feature for a Champions League side.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.