Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch is reportedly in talks to sign a new deal at Elland Road, but any new contract could have a release clause inserted too.
The futures of a number of Leeds’ first team this summer are up in the air with relegation a major threat as things stand.
Dropping into the Championship could see a number of the regular starters assess their futures and look to leave the club for pastures new.
Will Robin Koch sign a new contract?
Speculation has been rife about Leeds’ starting right-centre-back this month, with Koch reportedly generating interest from Newcastle United, among others.
That’s because his contract is up in the summer of 2024, meaning his value is dropping as Leeds remain in the midst of a relegation battle.
A boost for Leeds, though, came in the form of an interview from the Germany international as he confirmed talks are underway over a new deal:
“The first talks between the club and my advisor are currently underway. Towards the end of the season and during the summer break, I will deal with that. Now my focus is 100 per cent on our games and goals.”Spox
What’s the latest?
Journalist Mo Ibrahim has reported that the club are sitting down with the defender for talks, but that any contract for Koch will likely include a release clause:
Interestingly, Leeds turned down approaches for Koch – per this reveal – while the defender is seemingly looking to agree to having a release clause in the new deal he signs.
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It seems wise to give someone like Koch that potential ‘out’ if he is performing to a level better than a relegation battle.
However, I do think that it might actually be something the deters a lot of clubs, because we won’t want to put a large one in his deal.
He’s a good defender and has improved under a new setup with Javi Gracia, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.