Date: 29th June 2019 at 4:33pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills says that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks happy to let Jack Clarke leave Elland Road this summer as he claims an improved contract was offered to the winger.

The former England and Leeds star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, states that the Whites did not appear desperate to keep the teenage winger at the club this summer when Premier League side Tottenham came calling.

As revealed on Saturday morning by Football Insider, Spurs have agreed terms with both the young attacker and the Championship side over a move which will cost them up to £17million, with a medical already passed by Clarke.

Mills has suggested that a contract offer was made to the teenage winger by Leeds but that it was not significant enough to suggest the club were looking to ward off interest and that he thinks Bielsa is happy to let him go.

He told Football Insider: “I think Leeds have a very limited budget of what they can spend.

“If we keep him for another season he might be worth £15million but actually can we use that £8million in the meantime to get promoted next year?

“Marcelo Bielsa will have looked at it, I don’t think Leeds offered him a huge improvement on his current contract so therefore it looks like Bielsa was happy to allow him to leave. Yes there’s a lot of potential there but Leeds are in that predicament where they have to balance the books. 

“Bielsa and the club have decided that however good Jack Clarke might be, he started four games last season.”

As stated by Mills, only four of Clarke’s 22 appearances came in the starting XI in what was his breakthrough season at Elland Road, Marcelo Bielsa using him primarily as an impact substitute.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are days away from signing two new players, with one penning a long-term contract.