If there is any truth in the Ryan Kent £20M release clause story, it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Clickbait Insider today made the claim Rangers’ star winger has that sum as his release amount, and so all Leeds have to do, reportedly making a move again for the attacker, is submit it and hey presto he’s an Elland Road man.
Ryan Kent is happy here, he’s settled, and the only thing that will make him move on is if he’s not – his personal circumstances are good, he’s emotionally tied to Glasgow on a number of levels and he’s content with life in the SPL.
It is true that money talks, but you don’t have to listen, and we’re quite sure Rangers will be making Kent assurances that a new contract will be offered and his wages will be hiked.
The kid doesn’t strike us as greedy, and even if Leeds come in with a crazy new salary, he’d have to give up his settled life here and an already healthy wage plus his personal situation.
And sorry, as useful as money is, happiness comes first, and Ryan Kent is happy.
Professionally, personally, and in every other way.
The only strength of a release clause is it obliges the club to sell – if you submit the release clause, the ‘unhappy’ player who wants his move can now have it. But if he’s happy, doesn’t matter if Leeds bid double that amount. He won’t go unless he wants to.
So Leeds can feel free to release him – it doesn’t mean he’ll follow.