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Manager says Leeds-linked ‘excellent’ full-back is yet to pen new deal, contract expires in summer

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Manager says Leeds-linked ‘excellent’ full-back is yet to pen new deal, contract expires in summer

Leeds United are reportedly interested in Matthew Sorinola, but the Whites are not the only club linked with the 20-year-old’s services.

A report from TEAMtalk back in December claimed that the Elland Road outfit was keeping tabs on the MK Dons full-back.

However, eight other clubs were also said to be in the running – West Ham, Newcastle, West Brom, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.

Sorinola has made 32 senior competitive appearances for MK since coming through the ranks, including 29 this season alone.

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However, he has not started a game since the middle of January, making seven substitute appearances since the 3-0 defeat to Peterborough.

Sorinola’s contract expires at the end of the season and, according to MK boss Russell Martin, the player’s camp hasn’t yet entered any real discussion over penning a new deal.

“The situation with him hasn’t changed,” the Dons boss is quoted by the MK Citizen as saying.

“He got offered a contract a long time ago, one which we consider fair and fits in with the structure of our club and for a young player but he hasn’t signed it. There has been no real discussion from his end.


“He has a decision to make at some point, but I cannot let it rumble on to the end of the season – that’s not ideal for anyone.

“I love Matty. We extended his contract when we first took over, we showed some commitment to him, we put a lot of work into him, he responded brilliantly but the situation has not affected him a bit.

“Not his mentality or his attitude but it impacts on how you feel about the club moving forward.

“We want people here who really want to be here long term and who are desperate to show that commitment.

“It’s frustrating for me, but he’s not been frozen out, he’s missed out on being in the squad once, he was back in the squad on Saturday, he’ll be involved tomorrow.”

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Sorinola is a high-calibre young player – “excellent”, in Martin’s words – who, much like Dele Alli before him, looks destined to make the move from MK Dons to the Premier League.

With his contract expiring in the summer, it becomes more likely with each passing day that he’ll up sticks at the end of the season.

A talented, hard-working and versatile player, he looks like he could do a job for Marcelo Bielsa’s charges, but the fact he could become a free agent means there’ll be a lot of competition.

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