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Leeds: Tim Thornton says Whites may look at Illan Meslier’s contract

Leeds: Tim Thornton says Whites may look at Illan Meslier’s contract -Leeds United News

Leeds United shouldn’t feel ‘concern’ over the future of Illan Meslier but they will likely ‘look at’ his contract situation at some point, Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton has told GiveMeSport.

The lowdown

The 22-year-old is under contract at Elland Road until the end of the 2025/26 season, having penned an extension at the start of the last campaign. As per FBRef, he earns just under £22,000 per week in the terms of that agreement, the same as centre-back Diego Llorente.

The Athletic‘s Phil Hay recently reported that Meslier ‘is the player the club are most likely to receive big money bids for next summer’, with Tottenham Hotspur particularly interested.

The latest

Thornton can’t see why Meslier would be pushing to leave Leeds right now, but thinks the Whites may still look to take precautions ‘as time moves on’.

He told GiveMeSport about the Frenchman’s future at Elland Road: “I think for him, it’s all positive because he’s playing at a big club, developing, getting better and he’s certainly improved a lot.

“He’s tied down to a deal so I don’t think there’s any reason for concern. Obviously, as time moves on, it’s probably a situation that Leeds will look at.”

The verdict

Leeds could be in line to make a big profit on Meslier when they do eventually sell him.

They paid £5m to sign him from Lorient in July 2020 off the back of a loan spell, and according to the CIES Football Observatory, he is now worth up to €40m, which equates to £34.9m.

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However, they don’t seem particularly interested in offloading him just yet – Jesse Marsch says that the Frenchman possesses ‘massive’ talent and he wants to make the most of it.

Indeed, Meslier ranks inside the Premier League’s top six goalkeepers this season for save percentage, so he’s justifying that assessment from his manager, and hopefully he will continue to work wonders at Elland Road for quite a while yet.

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