Angus Kinnear has revealed that Leeds United have held talks with rival clubs over the future of some of their loan players.
Leeds have seen their season placed on hold as public safety takes priority across the world, with a ball not kicked since the first weekend in March.
There’s no resume date, either, with Marcelo Bielsa’s playing squad still awaiting the green-light from the governing bodies to restart their push for promotion.
It is likely that if, or when, the season resumes, it’ll spill well into the summer, meaning players’ loan spells at clubs will have expired, whilst out of contract players will not have terms in place to continue.
For Leeds, their loanees include Jack Harrison, Ben White and Helder Costa, whose parent-clubs are in the Premier League, whilst Jean-Kevin Augustin and Illan Meslier are two players on loan from Europe.
Kinnear has revealed that Leeds have held talks with players and representatives over the contract situation, insisting that if everyone works to a solution, they can overcome a challenging situation.
“I think the longer it goes on, the more challenging it gets from a contractual perspective,” Kinnear conceded when talking to Sky Sports.
“What I have been really encouraged by is the collegiate way that all of football is trying to work together to solve these issues.
“We have already had discussions with players we have on loan and their clubs, and we have had discussions with the EFL and with UEFA because we have some international loans, and some situations we have to resolve.
“We think there is a collective intent to find solutions, and I don’t think it is beyond the wit of man that if we work together, we can find those solutions to complete the season, even if it goes beyond June 30th.”
Amongst Leeds’ loanees, Harrison and White have started every Championship fixture, whilst Costa has played a part either from the start or from the bench. In addition to that, Meslier is serving as the club’s first choice goalkeeper, whilst Augustin is rivalling Patrick Bamford for a starting berth in attack.
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Making sure there is no issue with these loan players staying on beyond June 30th is a priority for Leeds.
They are a key, key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad and Leeds need to make sure that deals to keep them at Elland Road are watertight at this point, in case the season can start up again.
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