Noel Whelan has claimed the stalemate before Kalvin Phillips agreed a new Leeds United contract makes sense in light of Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover bombshell this week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan explained how the Italian businessman is struggling to fund the type of contracts and transfers needed to smooth the path to promotion.
Radrizzani told the Times the club have a mounting wage bill that is £40million including Marcelo Bielsa and his staff, and this gobbles up nearly all of the club’s turnover.
He admitted that “we are still paying the consequences of my first year because I was inexperienced and we made some expensive mistakes with players”.
Whelan pointed out how Radrizzani’s revelation gave insight into the lengthy talks before an agreement was reached with star man Phillips over a new five-year contract last month.
“We saw how long it took to get the Kalvin deal done,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Given how important he is to the team and the interest in him in the summer, it should have been sorted at the start of the summer and long before the window shut.
“Leeds just don’t have the money for huge wages and Kalvin was in a strong negotiating position. Radrizzani has admitted he needs help with funds and I completely understand what he is saying.
“Running a club in the Championship is expensive and there’s always a loss at Leeds. That’s the reality of it.”
Phillips is one of multiple senior Leeds stars to agree a new deal over the last two months, with Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas also secured to extended terms.
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