Sources: Leeds United 'confident' of agreeing Luke Ayling deal
Leeds United are “confident” of agreeing a new contract with Friday night hero Luke Ayling, Football Insider understands.
The right-back, 30, cemented his cult hero status with a dramatic stoppage-time winner as United came back from two goals down to beat 10-man Wolves in a pulsating 3-2 win at Molineux.
Ayling’s future beyond next season is up in the air with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2023.
But a Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are “confident” of extending his deal by at least a year.
Ayling will be almost 32 by the time the 2023-24 season starts and have spent seven years at Elland Road.
He has proved outstanding value for the £200,000 paid to Bristol City in the summer of 2016.
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Former manager Lee Johnson has admitted he made a mistake letting Ayling go and it has proved one of the best Leeds signings of the past 19 years, certainly in terms of value for money.
The full-back has been a mainstay of the starting XI throughout his time at United and Friday’s thriller was his 215th appearance for the club.
It was also one of the most memorable as he smashed home the injury-time winner that secured the three points for Leeds and pulled them seven clear of the relegation spots.
It was a second consecutive win for United under their new manager Jesse Marsch and was just as dramatic as the triumph last weekend over Norwich City.