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Leeds chiefs could show a big statement of intent with new terms for key duo

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The previous transfer window at Leeds was somewhat of a rollercoaster.

Through the exit door walked 31 players either on temporary or permanent deals whilst six faces walked through the entrance on loan.

It was a particularly busy period for the Whites with transfer negotiations right at the front of Victor Orta’s mind.

However, now the window has closed officially for clubs in the Football League and in Europe, Orta once again has his negotiating hat on.

Buoyed by Andrea Radrizzani’s finances, Leeds could be about to make a large statement with two players.

Losing Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe were bitter blows this summer and perhaps demonstrated a lack of vision but a change of mentality is seemingly on the cards.

This week has seen updated claims surrounding Kalvin Phillips’ future. It appears that new terms for the midfielder are close, that’s according to Angus Kinnear who revealed they were speaking with him in an interview with the BBC.

But tying down one of their key men doesn’t stop there.

Also on the cards is a new deal for Mateusz Klich. Speaking to a journalist in Poland he declared that he is on his way to renewing his contract.

Two of Leeds’ most vital players in 2018/19, this is colossal news for the club, especially after they attracted interest from elsewhere in months gone by.

Klich was being looked at by Burnley whilst Phillips’ possible departure was well documented throughout the summer months.

Leeds slapped a £30m price tag on his head as Aston Villa were in the market for him. Also interested were Wolves and Bournemouth.

Kinnear commented this week that they were able to reject offers from Premier League and Championship clubs for some of their players so to now be in a position where they can offer out new deals is impressive.

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Seeing their top scorer and a man named in the PFA Team of the Year walk away wouldn’t have been easy but new contracts for two other important players tells you all you need to know about the desire at the top of the Leeds hierarchy.

Last term, Phillips played 44 times and already this season he’s won the most tackles per game of anyone in the Championship.

Klich, meanwhile, contributed to 19 goals in 2018/19.

Getting them to agree to new terms would be huge in terms of Leeds’ long-term aims.

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