Leeds United

Noel Whelan is over the moon to hear Leeds United are planning talks with Stuart Dallas over an improved contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker said “there is no argument against” handing the recently turned 30-year-old a new four-year deal.

Dallas has been one of Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s standout performers again this season, and has started all 33 Premier League fixtures.

Football Insider revealed on Monday that Leeds are set to open talks with the Northern Ireland international over a new deal at the end of the season.

The midfielder’s current contract, which expires in 2023, sees him take home around £20,000-a-week and it is understood a new agreement could see that figure doubled.

When asked how long an extension Dallas should be handed, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs:

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“There is no argument against giving him a four-year deal, absolutely not.

“If anyone deserves a new contract in that team it is Stuart Dallas. The past two seasons he has been brilliant. He was my player of the season last year and he is my player of the season this year.

“There is a consistency about his game which is frightening. You expect players to have a dip in form but he has not had one for two seasons now. He has been excellent.

“He is a leader, a complete professional and a great footballer. Any young boy coming through the ranks should look to him.

“Dallas never lets the team down whether he is playing left-back, right-back, on the wing or in midfield.

“He fully deserves a new contract. I am so happy that he is a Leeds player. I would be delighted if we keep him for another four years.”  

In other news, a pundit claims Leeds can use Radrizzani’s ‘good friendship’ with a European owner to get ‘first option’ on a £31million star.