Leeds United have announced that the five first team players who could have ended up missing the last few games of the extended season, have all extended their deals until the end of the season.
Gaetano Berardi, Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier, Ben White and Helder Costa extend stay at club— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 19, 2020
Gaetano Berardi is the only first team player on a permanent deal with a contract expiring this summer, and he has extended his deal. Nothing has yet been said about a deal for him next season. There has been talk that if Leeds get promoted he will sign a new deal, but if not he may choose to move on - with a return to Italy the expected destination.
Helder Costa has extended his loan deal. However, as his deal becomes permanent in the summer anyway this was never really in doubt.
Hopefully Berardi will get a further extension in the Summer...— Ryan (@LUFCSmegHead) June 19, 2020
Likewise let's hope Harrison and Meslier follow Costa in signing long term contracts
The loan deals of Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison, and Ben White have all also been extended to the end of the season. These were the most “in doubt” of the deals but were still expected to be done. Leeds have the option to sign Meslier from Lorient, and Harrison from Manchester City but it remains to be seen if the deals will be done.
This announcement should prevent Marcelo Bielsa from having any major selection headaches at the end of the season, barring any injuries - which could be more likely given the three-month break in play.
Leeds confirm that they have extended Berardi's contract until the end of the season. Loans of Harrison, Meslier and Ben White also extended to cover all remaining games. Likewise Helder Costa.— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) June 19, 2020
Decision yet to be taken on Augustin, who isn't fit. His loan is up on June 30. #lufc
The major news from this is not really the extensions as they were always expected. The lack of such an announcement regarding Jean-Kevin Augustin could see the France youth international return to RB Leipzig. Augustin is currently injured and if he is unable to play it does not make sense for Leeds to keep paying his wages.
However, Leeds are said to have an obligation to buy Augustin if they are promoted. Whether that deal is already done, or JKA could refuse the move, is unclear at this point.
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