Andrea Radrizzani has sanctioned multiple new contracts for senior Leeds United stars to prevent dressing-room unrest, Football Insider can reveal.
Football Insider revealed earlier this summer that goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and centre-forward Bamford were comfortably the two top earners in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad after landing massive deals worth nearly £40,000-a-week.
This created an imbalance in the United dressing room, with many first teamers dissatisfied at their inferior terms.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that owner Radrizzani has decided to correct the pay gap by rewarding Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Luke Ayling with significant salary hikes.
Phillips heralded a blizzard of new deals by signing a five-year contract at the start of this month, and Cooper and Dallas followed suit by penning long-term deals.
Klich is in advanced talks to sign a new deal and Ayling is also negotiating an extension to his current deal.
The series of new deals also means Leeds have protected the value of many of their key playing assets.
There are similarities with the summer of 2017, when most of Leeds senior stars were rewarded with improved contracts as the club targeted promotion.
Radrizzani subsequently claimed he felt let down by the players when their form collapsed in the second half of the season and United finished 13th in the table.
But Leeds have been transformed under Marcelo Bielsa and are well placed to challenge for promotion in this campaign after finishing third last season.
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