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Which Leeds players will stay and who will leave in the 2023 summer transfer window?

Leeds United are facing life in the Championship for the 2023/24 season and will be under the ownership of 49ers Enterprises. Planet Sport looks at which players could stay or go this summer.

Leeds United are now in a transition phase under the new ownership of the 49ers Enterprises, who reached an agreement last week to purchase the club from Aser Ventures.

The search for a new manager has begun with possible candidates such as Brendan Rodgers, Carlos Corberan and Daniel Farke being considered for the role.
Just recently, the club announced Adam Forshaw and Joel Robles will leave when their contracts expire.
With Forshaw and Robles already heading for the exit, here is a further look at the possible outcomes for the rest of the squad.

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Illan Meslier (go) - Meslier established himself as the number one goalkeeper over the last few years but disappointed over the course of the 2022/23 season. With a deal lasting until 2026 there is no obligation for him to leave but the likelihood of him wanting to play in the Championship is minimal.

Joel Robles (gone) - With his contract now expired it is very unlikely that Robles will sign a new deal unless a new manager suddenly decides to keep the Spanish goalkeeper.

Kristoffer Klaesson (stay) - The back-up Norwegian goalkeeper is expected to stay as his contract does not run out until 2025.


Luke Ayling (stay) - It was an up and down season for Ayling, whose contract expires at the end of next season. However, his Championship experience could be vital for United's push for promotion so the club will aim to keep him.

Rasmus Kristensen (stay) - The Danish international signed in the summer with a deal lasting until 2027 so there is unlikely to be any movement for at least a year. Kristensen could provide decent cover at right-back and at centre-back in the Championship.

Cody Drameh (go) - Drameh was a part of the Luton Town squad that got promoted, impressing at right-wing-back for the club. With both Luton and Burnley interested it will be hard to keep hold of Drameh if he wishes to play Premier League football next season. 

Stuart Dallas (stay) - Dallas missed all of the campaign due to injury and is still not match fit. His current deal expires at the end of next season so for now he will stay put.

Junior Firpo (go) - The former Barcelona defender's time at Elland Road has been very inconsistent and disappointing. A move back to Spain is expected as soon as possible.

Diego Llorente (go) - Went to Roma on loan after the club did not want him. Roma are reported to be interested but will not pay the agreed buyout option. They would rather agree a smaller fee.

Pascal Struijk (stay) - A player who has been misused since Marcelo Bielsa's departure, with many recent appearances at left-back. The physical Dutchman prefers to play on the left side of centre-back and his current deal goes until 2027 so a move is unlikely.

Leo Fuhr Hjelde (stay) - Could provide good squad depth or go out on loan rather than leave permanently.

Liam Cooper (stay) - Similar situation to Ayling as his deal expires next season. Again could provide decent cover and experience in the Championship.

Charlie Cresswell (stay) - After a vital loan spell with Millwall, just missing out on making the play-offs, Cresswell is most likely ready to start for Leeds United. The England U21s international has a lot of promise and has the physicality needed for the Championship.

Maximilian Wöber (stay) - Having just arrived in the January summer window, it is unlikely that the Austrian will leave the club until after next season.

Robin Koch (go) - With his deal expiring next season and little chance of a renewal, the club will be looking to cash in on the German international before his deal expires, with Koch preferring a move out of England.


Tyler Adams (go) - The American international impressed last season but an injury kept him out towards the end of last season. After only a year at Leeds United, Adams has already been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest and other Premier League clubs.

Marc Roca (go) - Another Spaniard who has failed to impress overall after his move last summer. Roca has been linked with a loan move to Real Betis where an optional buyout option could be involved.

Jamie Shackleton (stay) - Will provide squad depth and a decision on his future likely to be made when his deal expires at the end of next season.

Brenden Aaronson (go) - Unlike Adams, Aaronson has not been as impressive and an exit makes more sense. The American is rumoured to have a relegation release clause which could leave to an early exit.

Adam Forshaw (gone) - Same as Robles, deal has now expired and no new deal unless new manager wants him.

Sam Greenwood (stay) - Contract lasts until 2026 and could provide decent squad depth in the Championship next season.


Jack Harrison (go) - A move that will hurt the most for Leeds fans. The winger has impressed since arriving at Elland Road and was one of the bright sparks of last season.

However, it is unlikely that Harrison will want to play in the Championship despite signing a new contract last season.

Aston Villa have already shown interest.

Luis Sinisterra (go) - Another winger who has impressed since joining the club last season. It will be very difficult for Leeds to hold onto Sinisterra for next season.

Wilfried Gnonto (go) - The biggest challenge of the summer window will be trying to keep a hold of Gnonto. The Italian joined in September for a small fee and impressed immediately.

Most likely the Italian international will leave but Leeds will try to hold onto him. A possible sale and immediate loan back for a season could be United's only chance of having him next season.

Daniel James (go) - After his loan spell with Fulham, the club will most likely look to offload him. Since he joined Leeds for a hefty fee the Welsh international has not impressed enough.

Crysencio Summerville (stay) - A memorable last-minute winner against Liverpool shows the quality of the youngster. Leeds will try and hold onto one of their most talented wingers.

Ian Poveda (go) - An average loan spell at relegated Blackpool last season will mean a likely exit for Poveda unless he leaves after his deal expires next summer.

Georginio Rutter (stay) - The club record signing has yet to score for the club and did not contribute much towards the end of last season. However his deal runs to 2028 and the club will look to develop the youngster with minutes in the Championship next season.

Patrick Bamford (stay) - Another injury-riddled season and disappointing campaign for Bamford left him second choice to Rodrigo last season.

However, the Championship may be what he needs to reignite his goalscoring abilities.

His deal also runs until 2026, giving him a couple more years left at the club.

Rodrigo (go) - The club's top goal scorer last season is most likely set to leave as his deal runs out next year.

His wages will be hefty to manage in the Championship and there are rumours of a relegation release clause. 

Joe Gelhardt (stay) - The youngster struggled with Sunderland last season but will be eager to fight for a place next season and get back on the scoresheet more often. His deal lasts until 2027 as well.

Tyler Roberts and Helder Costa (go) - Both not wanted by the club so sent out on loans. The club will look to get rid of both of them this summer - unless the new manager wants them.

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