Alan Hutton has lauded Leeds United for recently tying Pascal Struijk down to a new contract amid reported rival interest.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites will be happy the 21-year-old agreed terms until 2024.
Dutch publication De Telegraaf claim Premier League rivals Leicester City have nevertheless made contact over a deal for the centre-back following his impressive performances.
The versatile enforcer has featured regularly in the senior side this season due to several injury blows at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa has had to do without the likes of Diego Llorente and Robin Koch for much of the campaign.
He was rewarded for his increased game time with a new long-term contract back in November.
Hutton admitted it was good to see Leeds recognise Struijk’s rise at Elland Road before other teams started sniffing around.
“It’s always good to sign a new contract and come through as a young player,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“It’s nice to be recognised for your performances on the pitch, which obviously people are because the rumours are there.
“Leeds will be happy, people like Bielsa can see the potential in people, he’s not daft.
“He knows what he’s talking about so it doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t let his contract run down. They want to keep their assets.”
✍️ #LUFC are pleased to announce Pascal Struijk has signed a new deal until the summer of 2024
— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 20, 2020
Struijk now has a total of 16 Premier League appearances under his belt.
He has started the last 11 top-flight games and kept his place in the side despite Llorente’s return to fitness.