Robin Koch has told German outlet Spox that his agent and Leeds United have opened talks over a new deal but that it is only at the initial stages – with the defender focused on his performances on the pitch, and helping Leeds stay up.
Koch, 26, has started 25 of our 26 Premier League matches this season. He is easily enjoying his best season at Elland Road since joining the club from Freiburg in the summer of 2020. Injuries affected his progress in the first two seasons.
However, his future is in doubt. With Leeds now sitting in 19th place after results went against Javi Gracia’s side over the weekend, despite a 2-2 draw with Brighton, Koch could be one of a number of players to go, if we are relegated.
The Germany star’s deal ends in the summer of 2024, meaning Leeds may have to sell him this summer to get a decent fee if he does not want to sign a new deal. Koch allayed those fears, stating talks have begun between club and agent.
“During the season I want to distract myself as little as possible. Initial talks are underway between my agent and the club. Towards the end of the season and the summer, I will deal with it. My focus is 100% on our games and goals.”
Koch says his agent and Leeds have opened talks over a new deal
Of course, when a player states they are focusing on the season and on-the-pitch matters – it is normally because they are waiting until the summer to get things sorted. Koch will not want to sign a new deal, and then Leeds get relegated.
But the fact he is openly admitting his agent and Leeds are in talks, initial negotiations at least, is a sign that he does want to stay. What could alter his motive, is that Sport1 recently reported Newcastle are interested in signing him.
The Toon are pushing for Europe and while Koch may struggle to start, it would be a wonderful move for the German. However, if Leeds do stay up, you can expect Koch to put pen to paper on a new contract at Leeds. Time will tell, then.