Former Leeds midfielder David Norris has exclusively told Football FanCast that pinning down Illan Meslier to a long-term contract is great business for the club.
Since breaking into the team during the back end of the Championship season two years ago, the Frenchman has not only established himself as Marcelo Bielsa’s number one, but as one of the finest young goalkeepers around.
Meslier started all but three Premier League games last season, keeping 11 clean sheets to help Leeds finish ninth on their return to the topflight.
Such was the 21-year-old’s fine form, he quickly attracted interest from PSG, although Leeds rejected any approach from the French giants, who eventually signed Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma instead.
And on the eve of the new Premier League season, Meslier put any doubts over his future to bed when he penned a new deal to keep him at Elland Road for several years to come.
Asked how important tying Meslier down was, Norris told FFC:
“It appeases the fans. For someone they like, and they see him sign long-term, it’s good for the club, it’s good for morale.
“He was linked with PSG, so for Leeds to get him signed down on a longer-term deal, good keeper, great shotstopper, I think that’s a great signing.”