Leeds United have confirmed that goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad has signed a new deal at Elland Road, which will surely come as a big boost for the club.
The Lowdown: Abad has contributed to record-breaking feats
The 36-year-old has been with the Whites since 2017, having enjoyed spells at Elche and Middlesbrough beforehand. Since then, Abad has played a key role in Leeds’ success under Marcelo Bielsa, helping to get the best out of the likes of Illan Meslier and Kiko Casilla.
Indeed, the French shot-stopper broke the record for being the youngest Premier League ‘keeper to keep 10 clean sheets earlier this year at the age of just 21 years and 54 days, two months after he became the first ‘keeper in Premier League to record eight clean sheets in a single season prior to the age of 21. Those record-breaking feats highlighting Abad’s impact and contribution at Leeds, his coaching skills clearly paying off for Meslier.
The Latest: Abad signs new deal
On Tuesday, Leeds confirmed on their official website that Abad has extended his stay at Elland Road until 2025.
His previous deal had been due to expire next summer, but he has now been rewarded for his fine work in Yorkshire with this contract extension.
The Verdict: Big boost for Leeds
Abad has clearly made a positive impact during his time at Leeds, as seen by Meslier’s heroics, so this is a significant boost for the Whites, keeping hold of somebody who the club described as an integral figure.
He is clearly his own man, but there could perhaps an argument to say that this could hint towards Bielsa potentially staying put beyond the end of this season. The Argentine could arguably have planned to take Abad with him if he were planning to leave but the Spaniard has now committed his long-term future to the club.
It is not only a big boost in itself given his impact at Elland Road, but might just be a significant step towards Bielsa following suit in the coming months.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided an update on Marcelo Bielsa’s future. Read more here.
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