Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United have missed out on millions for failing to tie Jack Clarke down to a new contract earlier this year.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United defender explained how the club would have been able to add a few million pounds on to Clarke’s transfer fee by extending the teenager’s deal after he broke into the first team.
Clarke has two more years remaining on his contract, which was signed on his 17th birthday in November 2017.
“Leeds should have bumped up Jack Clarke’s contract earlier this year,” Mills told Football Insider. “I’m pretty sure his first pro contract will have bonuses and trigger points in it, but once he established himself in the first team, it’s something that should have got done.
“Leeds would have protected their asset by tying him down to a new deal, and it was a big mistake not to do so. If he had signed a new four or five-year contract earlier in the year, they would have been able to get a few more million out of Tottenham.”
It is not uncommon for elite players to sign a contract extension and then secure a permanent transfer only months later.
These extensions are often used as devices by leading clubs to ensure they will get an increased fee for an in-demand player when they subsequently sell him.
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.