Danny Mills has revealed he expects all five expiring contracts of Leeds United players to be extended until the season ends and all matches have been completed.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested it would be “the most sensible” approach to the unprecedented events of the last week.
The Premier League and EFL both announced last Friday that all fixtures would be suspended until April 3, while BBC Sport editor Dan Roan revealed in a hugely significant update in his column that both ruling bodies are set to push to complete the season when they meet today.
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Yesterday UEFA postponed Euro 2020 for a year with the apparent consensus across European football to complete the remaining schedule before June 30 – if possible.
If not possible, a highly plausible scenario, fixtures could be completed later in the summer bringing contracts and loan deals into question.
Mills urged for clubs and players to empathise with one another in this eventuality.
“I would expect that all contracts are honoured until the season is finished,” he told Football Insider.
“That would be the most sensible thing in football.
“The argument would be people saying they have already signed a pre-contract – but you cannot go and play for a team when the season has not finished. There will be arguments where people say – what if the player gets injured? But a player could get injured in training tomorrow.
“If it comes to the end of June, a player refuses to play, they will not get paid. If the season goes onto September they will have to suffer three or four months without getting paid. Is it fair that clubs can go, ‘You are binned,’ to players out of contract in June? When they cannot sign for another club until the season is over. It is a two-way street.”
United have several players who fall under this umbrella: Jack Harrison, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Ben White and Illan Meslier all currently on loan at the club.
Whereas Gaetano Berardi‘s contract is expiring in June after six years with the club.
In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider what Thorp Arch’s closer means for Jean-Kevin Augustin.