Exclusive: Danny Mills warns of potential exits as Leeds agree reported new deal
Danny Mills says that it is important that Leeds United keep tying down their first-team stars as Mateusz Klich is said to be closing in on a new contract at Elland Road.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender insists that players will look to leave if they are not rewarded for their efforts in the first-team, the likes of Klich having been mainstays under Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds Live report that the Polish international is on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new deal having agreed the terms of extending his stay at Elland Road weeks after Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas were tied down.
Mills insists that keeping the likes of Klich and the rest of the first-team stars committed at Elland Road is vitally important, suggesting players could look at forcing their way out the door if they are not rewarded for their efforts.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think he’s been very good, the past couple of seasons he’s been at Leeds United he’s been one of their most consistent players. He’s working hard, he’s fit, he’s consistent. Yeah, thoroughly deserved, a new deal.
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“That’s what’s important. You’re building a squad, you want to add to that. You keep everybody around you and every now and then you add to it. They’ve got the basis of a good squad.
“They’ve got some experienced players, they don’t want to get rid of these players. You want to build on what you’ve got. If you don’t make players feel wanted and give them new contracts when they’ve done well, then they’re going to leave.”
Klich played 50 times across all competitions for Leeds last season, including in every single one of their Championship fixtures as they made their way to the play-off semi-finals.
He was shipped out on loan to FC Twente during his first season at Elland Road, falling out of favour under former manager Thomas Christensen, but has emerged as a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa.