Leeds United have been tipped to tie goalkeeper Illan Meslier down to a new contract after his fine recent form and transfer rumours linking him with West Ham.
The Hammers could perhaps do with swooping for a new ‘keeper, but Leeds won’t want to lose impressive youngster Meslier after his fine form in the Premier League this season.
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Danny Mills thinks this could prompt contract talks, however, and see Leeds secure Meslier on a new long-term deal.
“He’s a young kid and I’ve been through this – those first few contracts are pretty much irrelevant,” Mills told Football Insider.
“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.’”