By Alex Stevens
Leeds are ready to offer second-choice goalkeeper Marco Silvestri a new contract, according to a report.
Italian transfer site Tutto Mercato Web claim the Championship promotion hopefuls want to tie Silvestri tie to an extended deal.
It is said that Leeds are keen to “lock down” the 26-year-old, who current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2018.
This comes even though Silvestri was pushed down the pecking order at Elland Road by manager Garry Monk following the signing of Rob Green on a free transfer last summer.
The Italian goalkeeper was the undisputed No1 for two seasons but has been forced to settle for a fringe role in his third campaign at the club, in which all his six appearances have come in cup competitions.
Ex-England international Green has played the entirety of Leeds’ 38-match Championship campaign as the club push strongly for a return to the Premier League after 13 years.
The veteran, 38, was also recently rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at Elland Road until the end of next season.
Silvestri posted a message on his personal Instagram account last month, that he also uploaded on Twitter, in which he made clear his frustration at his diminished status and hinted at how he is having to dig deep to avoid despair.
“A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person who never fell,” wrote Silvestri, accompanied by the hashtag ‘resilience’.
A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person… https://t.co/vOQVGbzpuG
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) February 20, 2017
It is unclear what inspired Silvestri to post the message, or whether he had suffered a new setback beyond his fringe status in the squad.
The 25-year-old, a former Italy Under-21 international, has been an unused substitute in all of Leeds’ Championship matches this campaign.
The future of the goalkeeper, who joined Leeds from Chievo in the summer of 2014, is likely to be high on the agenda in the summer, despite the Yorkshire club’s apparent willingness to keep him.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have agreed a central midfielder transfer.