Danny Mills has urged Kemar Roofe to snub a move to Rangers and sign a new Leeds United deal – but not before negotiating two key clauses.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds defender believes the striker, 26, should remain at Elland Road next season and agree the terms of a contract extension.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have opened preliminary talks to sign Roofe as they look to sign him for a cut-price fee now he has entered the final year of his deal with Marcelo Biela’s side.
Mills believes Roofe is well within his rights to consider his future but is convinced the best route for the player of securing a dream Premier League transfer is by negotiating a better Leeds deal.
“I understand Roofe weighing up his options,” Mills told Football Insider. “There are lots of issues for him to consider. If I was him I would sign an improved contract with Leeds.
“I would negotiate a bonus if they got promoted and include a release clause of £6-7million if they don’t get promoted.
“If he joined Rangers at the age of 26 and does a couple of years up there and does well, he would be 28, which is not the perfect age for getting a big move to a Premier League club.
“Once you get to 28, you are on the downward spiral and your value starts to diminish. So I think he’d be better off staying at Leeds and trying to get a Premier League move in a year.”
Roofe has topped Leeds’ scoring charts for the last two seasons, scoring 15 goals times in 2018-19, with all of them coming in league encounters.
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