Leeds United have confirmed that striker Patrick Bamford has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Elland Road.
The 27-year-old, who bagged 17 goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, had entered the final year of his contract, but it was always expected that an extension was coming sooner rather than later.
It may have taken a little longer than some fans had hoped, but the moment has finally arrived as Leeds took to their official website to confirm that Bamford is now tied to the Elland Road side until 2026.
Securing Bamford’s future is an enormous boost for Leeds and manager Marcelo Bielsa, who was full of praise for the striker during a press conference earlier on Thursday.
“Patrick is a very important player for us,” he said (via Leeds Live). “He is one of the best strikers that English football has.”
Bamford joins Stuart Dallas, Tyler Roberts and goalkeeper Illan Meslier in inking new contracts at the club, who have also managed to tie Bielsa down to a new one-year deal after his previous contract expired at the end of last season.
Bamford was the last of Leeds’ urgent contract worries, but those in charge at Elland Road are now likely to turn their attention to the situation of right-back Luke Ayling, whose deal has two years left to run.
There are also murmurs of a new deal for England international Kalvin Phillips, who can expect a significant pay rise from the contract he signed back in 2019.