Wilfried Gnonto contract update as Leeds United transfer news begins already

Phil Hay has insisted that talks over a new contract for Leeds United star Wilfried Gnonto have not yet gotten off the ground at Elland Road.

There was said to be quiet hope in West Yorkshire that the Italian may smooth the waters with a new deal after pushing and failing to secure a summer move to Everton.

Hay reported that the lack of minutes for Gnonto so far due to injury and the form of others is a big reason why transfer channels are already talking about him ahead of January.

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Writing in his latest column for The Athletic on Friday [10 November], Hay shared what he has heard about the winger ahead of potentially another nervous transfer window.

“There was a quiet hope at Elland Road that, after Gnonto’s agitating in the hope of a move back to the top flight with Everton in August, the young winger might smooth the waters by committing to a new contract,” he wrote.

“But, that possibility has not got off the ground yet and Gnonto’s modest amount of minutes this season are part of the reason transfer channels are already chattering about him and his options.

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No chance.

There is absolutely zero chance of Daniel Farke allowing one of his star players to leave the club in January, regardless of how many minutes he is getting right now.

It only takes one small injury or a suspension, which is close for Crysencio Summerville, to open the door again and Gnonto has to be ready to take his chance when it comes.

The Italian will admit himself that he wants more minutes, but Farke shared an insight in his latest press conference which shows a happy player and one with a cracking attitude.

It is a long, gruelling season in the Championship and with over 30 games still to go, there will be opportunities for Gnonto, regardless of whether he signs a new contract or not.

A contract isn’t a pushing concern either at this moment, with plenty of time left and zero clauses which could affect his future beyond January at the club.

It would take a stupid offer to change that, something that Everton likely cannot afford if they were still interested.

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