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Initial contract talks “currently underway” for Leeds’ Koch amid reports of summer departure

Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch has seemingly dismissed rumours suggesting a move away from Yorkshire may be on the cards for him in the summer.

The main source of this speculation came from German media outlet Sport1, which linked Koch with a summer transfer to help him “take the next step in his development” as a player.

Newcastle United were the only interested party named in the report, yet several other Premier League clubs and Bundesliga outfits were also suggested to be paying attention to the 26-year-old.

Furthering his international career ambitions by catching the eye of Germany head coach Hansi Flick before the upcoming Euros was given as another reason behind a potential move.

Koch’s contract at Leeds is currently due to expire in 2024. Now, it seems as if a potential extension is in the works as the German discussed his future with Spox:

“During the season, I want to distract myself as little as possible with planning for the future,” Koch said.

“The first talks between the club and my advisor are currently underway. Towards the end of the season and during the summer break, I will deal with that. Now my focus is 100 per cent on our games and goals.”

Initial contract talks “underway” as Koch dismisses reports suggesting summer departure

Now this is reassuring.

Whilst Koch’s future at Leeds is by no means guaranteed – and is most likely dependent on whether the Whites remain a Premier League club come the end of the season – it’s good to know that a new contract is in the process of being agreed.

Of course, Koch – among others – will probably leave if Leeds are relegated this term. Just another reason why staying up is of critical importance.

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