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Leeds United's current contact situation with decisions to make over first-team trio

Leeds United have three players who will be out of contract at the end of the season, as Jesse Marsch has a number of key decisions to make before the summer.

Luke Ayling and Adam Forshaw haven't signed new deals to extend their stays at Elland Road, while Joel Robles' one-year contract will also expire at the end of the season.

Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente were handed new contracts in recent weeks, but the likes of Robin Koch, Jack Harrison, Liam Cooper and Rodrigo only have 18 months of their deals to run.

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Joel Robles

Former Wigan Athletic and Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles joined Leeds on a one-year deal in the summer after his contract at Real Betis expired.

Robles was signed as back-up for first-choice goalkeeper Illan Meslier, and also to provide competition for fellow understudy Kristoffer Klaesson.

The Spaniard is yet to start for the Whites in the Premier League and has amassed just two appearances for the club across all competitions.

He started in Leeds' 1-0 defeat against Wolves in the Carabao Cup in November, and last played in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff City in the Welsh capital in January.

Robles was subsequently replaced by Meslier for the replay, as Leeds won 5-2 against Cardiff at Elland Road. He was also left out of their 3-1 victory at Accrington Stanley in the fourth round, and he looks a real possibility to leave Leeds at the end of the season with his contract expiring on June 30.

Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling signed a four-year deal in 2019, meaning that his current terms are set to expire at the end of the current campaign.

The 31-year-old has been at Leeds since 2016 and was a key player under Marcelo Bielsa as they lifted the Championship title and ended their 16-year absence from the Premier League.

The full-back has been preferred over summer signing Rasmus Kristensen in recent weeks, and has started each of Leeds' last four Premier League games.

Kristensen has experienced a mixed start to his Leeds career, but question marks over Cody Drameh's future could suggest there is still a role for Ayling to play at Elland Road.

Adam Forshaw

Adam Forshaw is experiencing another injury-ridden season at Leeds. The 31-year-old missed over 18 months with a hip injury between 2019 and 2021, and he is suffering with his hip once again at the moment.

Forshaw featured in three of Leeds' first six fixtures in the Premier League, before Marsch revealed in October that Forshaw was suffering with a hernia issue that would require him to go under the knife.

He returned to the starting XI to face Manchester City, and then Newcastle United on New Year's Eve, but was subbed off at half-time against the latter.

Marsch is refusing to run the risk of worsening the injury and is being patient with the midfielder to ensure that he can return to top fitness. Leeds have bought in Marc Roca and Tyler Adams in holding midfield under Marsch, while the potential arrival of Weston McKennie will reduce his playing opportunities further once he returns.

Forshaw was offered a new deal after returning from his 700-day injury lay-off last season, but he has not yet been offered a new contract this term, with his current deal expiring in June.


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