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15th Jan, 2017 | 11:01am

Radrizzani: Leeds will soon open talks on this deal

By Will Butcher

New Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that the club are looking to extend manager Garry Monk’s contract.

Monk, 37, has made a blistering start to his tenure as Leeds boss which currently sees the Yorkshire giants sitting in a lofty third place in the Championship.

In quotes reported by The Guardian, Radrizzani is confident he can secure the future of Monk who has less than six months left on the one-year deal he signed in June.

“It is a not a big issue,” Radrizzani said. “But sooner or later we will sit down.

“We are in communication – myself, Massimo and Garry. I see that all the three parties are convinced and have the intention to stay together. Sooner or later we will sit down.

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“We will fix this. I am very confident we will fix this.”

Radrizzani assumed control after purchasing a 50 per cent stake in Leeds, which sees him own half of the former Champions League side alongside controversial Italian Massimo Cellino.

The 42-year-old sports mogul has a number of senior figures with contracts entering their final months along with Monk, including the likes of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Rob Green.

Now, the former Swansea boss is likely to extend his stay at Elland Road to the delight of fans as he looks to return Leeds to the Premier League for the first time in 12 years.

Football Insider verdict:

Tying Monk’s future down at Leeds is the key to the side’s continued success. The talented boss has masterminded the Championship outfit’s promotion chase despite being tipped to finish in mid-table at the start of the season. Currently in third, Monk has brought in a number of fantastic signings and implemented a strict defensive strategy that has seen them concede just two goals in their last six league outings, and record five consecutive clean sheets at Elland Road. Signing Monk would be a huge boost to the Leeds squad, which could also tempt the likes of Taylor to extend their deal as a place in the Premier League beckons next season.

In other Leeds transfer news, this League One sporting director has revealed that Leeds have had a £2.5million bid accepted for this in-form attacker.

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