By Pranav Shahaney

6th Sep, 2022 | 8:40pm

Leeds United are reportedly not likely to be prioritising a new deal for Rodrigo despite his stellar start to the 2022/23 Premier League season.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth, the wage bill has undergone a huge uplift recently so finances may be tight at Elland Road.

The Spaniard will be 33 when his deal runs out in 2024 and offering him an extension would be expensive – something that Leeds are not prepared to go ahead with.

Smyth wrote, “Rodrigo will be 33 by the time his contract runs out at Elland Road. Given his issues with niggles and the fact that his first two seasons were so difficult and inconsistent, I would be surprised if there was talk of a new deal any time soon.

“He looks after himself as a model pro by all accounts but the intensity of Premier League football under Marcelo Bielsa and then Jesse Marsch will take a toll. He would be an expensive one to do, as well, and the wage bill at Leeds has already undergone a serious uplift in recent times.”

Makes sense

Every player cannot be handed a new deal during their purple patch so it’s good that they’re not getting carried away by recent form.

Rodrigo has struggled in the past and it remains to be seen if he can maintain his current run of form for an entire season.

He’s gotten injured and often, players take time to recover, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with that as well.

These are all factors that clubs take into consideration before handing new contracts to players and will follow the same with Rodrigo.

If at 33, they deem him good enough, there’s a good chance he signs an extension for a year to help with the morale.

Hopefully, players like Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and some of the summer signings are handed better deals so that they commit their future to Leeds.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has made a World Cup claim as the Whites want to sign a ‘Phenomenal’ international attacker in January.