Leeds United could trigger contract option for Garry Monk

Garry Monk recently suggested that he is in no rush to sign a new deal at Leeds United, despite only having a matter of months left to run on it, and perhaps now we know why.

The Daily Mail reports that the club have the option to extend the 37-year-old’s contract by a further 12 months at the end of the season.

The publication adds that there could be talk of a new deal if the Whites return to the Premier League with Monk at the helm.

Considering that the club are in fourth position, with closest challengers Fulham eight points adrift of the playoff spots, there is a good chance that Leeds will earn promotion to the top flight for the first time in 13 years.

Monk was hired by the board last summer on a 12-month deal and it was his first job since getting sacked by Swansea City in 2015.

After a difficult start, the former defender has helped the Whites go on a five-game unbeaten run in the Championship and since December 13 has recorded just three defeats in 16 fixtures.

Last week the Daily Star claimed that Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City are keeping an eye on Monk ahead of a potential swoop. However, according to the Daily Mail, Leeds are relaxed about the situation.