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Leeds in negotiations to retain out-of-contract duo Liam Cooper and Jamie Shackleton

Leeds have confirmed captain Liam Cooper and Jamie Shackleton are negotiating with the club over prolonging their contracts.

Both players' current deals expire this summer and the future of Cooper in particular has come under the spotlight in recent months.

The 32-year-old, in Scotland's Euro 2024 squad, has spent the last 10 years at Leeds, seven of them as skipper, and has made 284 appearances in all competitions but made only eight starts in the Championship last season.

Versatile midfielder Shackleton made just seven league starts as Leeds' bid to bounce straight back to the Premier League under head coach Daniel Farke was ended by Southampton in the play-off final.

Leeds confirmed new contract talks were under way for both players on Friday when releasing their retained list for next season.

Stuart Dallas, who announced his retirement last month after missing two years due to injury, Luke Ayling and Ian Poveda are among 11 players set to depart Elland Road.

Right-back Sam Byram has triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract, while Harry Christy, Cody Drameh, Joseph Snowdon and Luca Thomas have been offered new deals, Leeds said.

The Whites also confirmed on-loan trio Joe Rodon, Jaidon Anthony and Connor Roberts have returned to Tottenham, Bournemouth and Burnley respectively.

Leeds have been reported to be keen on keeping Wales centre-half Rodon, 26, and it remains to be seen if he returns later this summer, either for a second loan spell or on a permanent deal.

Six other players who departed Leeds on loan following relegation at the end of 2022-23 will return to Elland Road before resolving their futures.

Jack Harrison (Everton), Marc Roca (Real Betis), Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin), Diego Llorente, Rasmus Kristensen (both Roma) and Max Wober (Borussia Monchengladbach) spent last season out on loan after activating release clauses but currently remain Leeds players.

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