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Leeds: Radrizzani and Orta moving to sign Klich to new contract

Leeds: Radrizzani and Orta moving to sign Klich to new contract

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and Director of Football Victor Orta are moving to secure the immediate future of Mateusz Klich, following their successful negotiations with Kalvin Phillips, according to TEAMtalk.

Klich has entered into the final twelve-months of his current terms, however the West Yorkshire outfit have an option to extend his deal by a further year.

Klich has been a key man for manager Marcelo Bielsa this term, with the Argentine calling on the Poland international in each Championship encounter to date (WhoScored).

He is yet to hit the same heights he achieved last season, though, as the 29-year-old has only created one goal and is yet to ripple the back of the net himself in the league, after enjoying a career-best campaign in 2018/19 (TransferMarkt) with a goal involvement of 19 across all domestic competitions (10 scored, 9 assisted).

But Leeds hope they can end any speculation of the midfielder leaving next summer, and aim to announce a new deal imminently having recently tied 23-year-old midfield anchor Phillips down to a five-year extension.

It is not noted what terms Leeds intend to offer Klich.

As well as Phillips, Leeds have announced new contracts for Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas, with both men committing their long-term futures to the Championship outfit.

Like Phillips and Klich, Dallas has been a key man this term, and such has been his importance to Bielsa as a make-shift right-back that it is thought Luke Ayling now faces a fight to regain his place in the side from the player previously recognised as a winger, having missed the start of the campaign through injury, in which time Dallas has thrived to emerge as one of the best in the division.

Of the right-backs in the second-tier, only Swansea City’s Connor Roberts has registered more interceptions than Dallas from the opening six fixtures, while the Whites ace ranks joint-third for passes blocked with five, two shy of first-placed Nathan Byrne, per data collected by WhoScored.

The Whites securing deals for Dallas and Klich will easily take a weight off the shoulders of Orta and Radrizzani, as they would surely struggle to replace the versatility Dallas offers and creativity of Klich without first receiving lucrative sums for the pair, which would not come if they were allowed to leave as free agents.

Leeds also need to consider how they will deal with Pablo Hernandez’s uncertain future, given the veteran Spaniard is out of contract in 2020 and offers the Elland Road natives a constant outlet in attack.

No player has registered more assists for Leeds in the Championship this term than Hernandez, who has also made the second-most key passes (16) to Klich (17), and the joint-most successful dribbles with Jack Harrison (12), according to data collected by WhoScored.

Tying Phillips’ future down was a big step in Leeds paving the route for their own future, but there are still cracks on the horizon that can be filled with Klich, Hernandez and Dallas putting pen to paper.

Leeds fans, how long should Dallas and Klich’s new contracts be? Let us know in the comments below…

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