Kewell will stay at Leeds, says agent

LONDON: Despite the club's abysmal season, Leeds striker Harry Kewell is set to stay put at Elland Road and sign a new deal in the next few weeks, his agent said on Wednesday. 

Australian international Kewell's current deal expires at the end of next season and he had looked set to be the next star name to join the big Leeds sell-off as the Yorkshire side battle massive debts. 

Kewell's agent Bernie Mandic told the BBC talks had already started about a new deal and suggested that 24-year-old Kewell would not join Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Lee Bowyer, Olivier Dacourt, Robbie Fowler and Jonathan Woodgate in the stampede for the exit. 

“We're in the process of discussing the future, things are going well and we'll have something sorted within the next few weeks,” said Mandic. 

“He's always been quite happy in the environment he is in. Since (chairman) Peter Ridsdale has been there Harry has had his contract upgraded three times. 

“That is why there is the degree of trust there and I would say loyalty from Harry.” 

Leeds have been sucked into the Premiership relegation zone after winning just one of their last nine matches. – AFP  

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