Andrea Radrizzani has applauded the “loyalty” shown by Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk this week after the in-form Whites ace penned a new contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2027 – extending his deal by three years.

Struijk, 23, has been a mainstay in the Leeds side this season – starting all but one Premier League match. He has completed 90 minutes in 12 of our 14 League games, coming off as a sub on 84 minutes in the 3-2 loss to Fulham.

His form saw him earn call-ups to preliminary Netherlands squads on two occasions this season, the latter being the 55-man initial squad for the World Cup. But he failed to make the final cut, under outspoken boss Louis van Gaal.

Leeds have made the decision to hand him a new deal, one that has been met with delight from the Elland Road support. It has also been met with praise by Struijk’s fellow Leeds teammates – including Luke Ayling and Marc Roca.

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Radrizzani applauds loyalty shown by Leeds defender Struijk

The Leeds owner praising Struijk for his loyalty might suggest that there was interest in the ex-Ajax man. If so, then unsurprising given his versatility, his form and his age. He is still very young in terms of his pro career at this stage.

Indeed, he has only clocked up 79 senior appearances. But with every minute that passes, he continues to prove that Victor Orta and his scouting team have an excellent eye for bringing young players to the club from other sides.

Other examples include Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville and more. Radrizzani was full of praise for Struijk, not only praising the defender’s loyalty – but also shared how “delighted” to watch the Leeds ace grow.

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