Danny Mills has tipped Leeds United to offer goalkeeper Illan Meslier a new four-year contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England full-back delivered his verdict after it was revealed West Ham were keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.
As first revealed by this site, the Hammers see the young Frenchman as a potential replacement for Lukasz Fabianski whose current contract expires in the summer.
Meslier’s agent Xavier Fleury told the LUFC Fan Zone podcast this week that some “top clubs” were monitoring his client after his fine start to life in the Premier League.
The stopper signed a three-year deal with Leeds United last summer after his permanent move from Lorient.
Asked whether he expects Meslier to receive a new deal, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He’s a young kid and I’ve been through this – those first few contracts are pretty much irrelevant.
“Even if you have clauses in them that say you get a new contract after 20 first-team starts, if you play international football you get a new contract, etc. If you’re doing that well and you’re in a team that’s playing well the club are going to be coming to you and offering you a new deal anyway.
“It’ll be an extension to what he’s got. Another year or two years is what you’re looking at perhaps.
“I’ve always been a big believer, once you get to a senior level, you’re mid-20s and you’re playing week in, week out and you’ve got that level of consistency then you can start looking at big deals and think ‘Now I deserve this.’
“When you’re a young player, and he’s still starting out, you have to look at it ‘If I do well, I will be rewarded. Simple as that.’”
Meslier has been a virtual ever-present since taking over as the Leeds number one 12 months ago.
He has started 25 of United’s 26 Premier League matches this season and kept eight clean sheets in a very attacking side.