Leeds United are confident of extending Luke Ayling’s contract beyond 2023, with a short term deal on the cards for Friday night’s match-winner.
According to Football Insider, Luke Ayling is on the verge of being handed a new deal by Leeds United before the season ends. The defender has been an outstanding servant to the Yorkshire-based club, and the board wants to reward him for his performances by extending his stay at Elland Road.
Ayling, who signed for a paltry £200,000 from Bristol City, has proven to be one of Leeds United’s best purchases in the recent past. On Friday, Ayling made his 215th appearance for the club against Wolves, netting a late winner to help his side move away from the relegation zone. That game was also the club’s second win on the bounce under new manager Jesse Marsch.
Ayling has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers in the EFL Championship and the Premier League. The 30-year-old will be almost 32 when his deal at Elland Road expires in the summer of 2023, and the club are preparing to hand him a new contract.
The prospective new deal may not be a long-term offering, and may only extend his stay by a year or two. Leeds United understand the risk of handing long-term contracts to ageing players, but they are considering a shorter agreement in Ayling’s case.
The defender has been outstanding since joining the club and may be happy to continue playing for the side, especially if they remain in the top tier next season. Ayling was a trusted player under former boss Marcelo Bielsa and now new boss Marsch is reaping the rewards of having an exeprienced player at the back.
Ayling’s reading of the game and presence in the final third make him an asset for Leeds United. The defender, who is adored by the fans, is expected to sign the extension when offered and continue his spell at Elland Road.