Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Leeds United right-back Danny Mills has given the thumbs up to new contracts for five players who are nearing the end of their current deals.
Due to the recent viral outbreak, the Premier League and EFL have opted to postpone the season until 30th April at the earliest (BBC Sport) – with UEFA also suspending the European Championships until 2021 so that domestic leagues can finish.
The EFL also issued a statement claiming that completing this season will be made a ‘primary objective‘ – with Mills since going on to state that five out-of-contract-squad members at Leeds should have their deals extended as a result. Marcelo Bielsa currently has a number of players in this contractual position, including Jack Harrison, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Ben White and Illan Meslier who are all currently on season-long loan deals.
Long-serving defender Gaetano Berardi’s deal also expires at the end of this season, with the Swiss player’s future up in the air given the fact he is yet to put pen to paper on an extension. However, due to this campaign’s bizarre circumstances, Mills has insisted that every player’s contract should be honoured regardless of when the season ends.
“I would expect that all contracts are honoured until the season is finished,” he told Football Insider.
“That would be the most sensible thing in football. The argument would be people saying they have already signed a pre-contract – but you cannot go and play for a team when the season has not finished. There will be arguments where people say – what if the player gets injured? But a player could get injured in training tomorrow.
“If it comes to the end of June, a player refuses to play, they will not get paid. If the season goes onto September they will have to suffer three or four months without getting paid. Is it fair that clubs can go, ‘You are binned,’ to players out of contract in June? When they cannot sign for another club until the season is over. It is a two-way street.”
Indeed, Mills could have a point in his verdict on player contracts, with an argument there to be made that contracts should be re-offered on a season-end basis rather than at a particular date – especially due to the circumstances currently surrounding football and the world in general.
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