Leeds United

Leeds United are planning to offer Illan Meslier an improved contract after his impressive progress this season, Football Insider understands.

The goalkeeper, 21, has been linked with some elite clubs on the back of his debut Premier League campaign.

But Leeds have no intention of selling their number one and will instead look to offer him a new deal with a pay hike.

United are keen to tie down the young Frenchman and see him not only as their number one for next season but for many years to come.

Meslier has justified the faith shown in him by Marcelo Bielsa since he leapfrogged the disgraced Kiko Casilla to become the Leeds first choice just over a year ago.

Bielsa is a huge admirer of the young keeper and regards him as a player with massive potential.

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Meslier converted his initial one-season loan into a permanent move from Lorient last summer at a cost of around £5million.

But his contract expires in two years’ time and Leeds are keen to tie him to a long-term agreement.

Meslier’s agent Xavier Fleury put some pressure on the Yorkshire giants earlier this year when he hinted at a potential move for his client.

Speaking to the LUFC Fan Zone podcast, Fleury insisted “big clubs” were already taking an interest in the young shot-stopper.

The goalkeeper has been linked this week with Paris Saint-Germain and he has also been on the radar of Premier League rivals West Ham.

Leeds United goalkeeper

The Frenchman has started 28 of United’s 29 Premier League matches this season and kept an impressive nine clean sheets.

He has made some major errors but has also delivered some outstanding displays in Bielsa’s attacking side.

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