Leeds United: Clayton aiming to agree new contract

DEAL ME IN: United midfielder Adam Clayton is keen to secure his Elland Road future.
DEAL ME IN: United midfielder Adam Clayton is keen to secure his Elland Road future.
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Adam Clayton wants to tie up a new contract with Leeds United before heading off for the summer after reiterating his desire to stay at Elland Road.

Clayton is discussing an extended deal with Leeds and said he was keen to “get it sorted” at the first opportunity with the close-season about to begin.

United were rounding off their Championship term at home to Leicester City today, the last match of a disappointing season, and major changes await next week with manager Neil Warnock set to reveal his retained list on Wednesday.

The announcement will speed up a clear-out which started with the recent exit of three squad members – Ben Parker, Mika Vayrynen and Darren O’Dea – and Warnock is expected to transfer-list a number of under-contract players while releasing several who have reached the end of their deals.

Negotiations over Clayton’s deal appeared to confirm that the former Manchester City trainee would not be part of the planned exodus, but Clayton is increasingly keen to put pen to paper and ensure his involvement in Warnock’s first full term as manager.

The midfielder has 12 months remaining on his current deal.

Clayton said: “I hope we can sort it out before the summer, get it done and then go away, relax and come back nice and refreshed for next year.

“For me to leave now when I think about next season...we’ve got a massive chance of getting into the Premier League and getting there with a club like Leeds would be better than getting there with a different team.”