Leeds United are ready to hand Robin Koch a new contract, with The Athletic reporting that the Germany international is likely to be the next player to extend their terms at Elland Road.

Leeds have been able to announce extensions for a couple of defenders this month. There was plenty of delight when it was announced that Pascal Struijk has signed a new deal.

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Meanwhile, the reaction to Diego Llorente extending his contract was much more negative. Nevertheless, Leeds are continuing their push to try and tie their players down.

Leeds ready to hand Koch new contract

And The Athletic suggests that the next deal is set to see Koch pen an extension. The report claims that the contract is in the pipeline and waiting to be formalised.

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Leeds reportedly see the price of centre-backs increasing substantially. So it would appear that they are preparing for that by protecting the value of those in the current squad.

The reaction to Koch signing a new deal is likely to fall somewhere between the way the news of Struijk and Llorente was received.

Struijk is the major talent in the backline. He appears to have huge potential, having proven himself in the top-flight as a very promising centre-back, as well as a very good makeshift left-back.

Llorente meanwhile, has come in for a lot of criticism this season. And he has barely played since losing his place in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Koch has been a first-choice this term. And he has not been anywhere near as mistake-prone as Llorente. However, there is unlikely to be the same excitement as there was for Struijk signing fresh terms.

It is probably fair to say that he is yet to kick on to the level supporters were hoping for.

But there is still time. And Leeds are about to confirm that, it seems.

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