Danny Mills claims that Leeds United’s board are sending a message to prospective transfer targets with the new contracts given to their first-team stars.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds star and England international says that seeing Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas rewarded for their performances at Elland Road will demonstrate the club’s faith to those they want to sign in the future.
Centre-back and club captain Cooper and central midfielder Phillips have both put pen to paper on five-year deals, while Northern Ireland international Dallas has committed to a new four-year contract.
With the first-team trio among Leeds’ top performers this season, Mills says that their new terms show potential new arrivals that the club are willing to splash out and reward their efforts.
Speaking about Dallas and Cooper’s improved performances being handed new contracts, Mills told Football Insider: “That’s what’s incredibly important. It also shows other players that Leeds might want to sign down the line that if you come here and do well, you will be rewarded.
“You will be offered new deals. That is what is very important. It’s that: ‘If you do well, you’ll be looked after.”
Cooper and Phillips are now both tied down longer than any other Leeds stars, while Dallas joins Kiko Casilla in having a deal which runs until the summer of 2023.
At the other end of the scale, Gaetano Berardi, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich all see their current deals come to an end at the end of the current campaign.