Hey, i thought i would ask my fellow football manager geeks what you thought about this situation.
I got Leeds promoted in my 1st season, pipped Aston Villa on the last day of the season for 2nd place. I promised Ronaldo Vieira towards the back end of the season a new contract in the summer to bring him in line with other players in the squad, problem is, i offer a contract and the agent insists on a 6m buy out clause for Champions Cup teams. His current contract doesn't run out for 24 months, theoretically i don't have to offer him a new contract but i also don't want an unhappy player as he's crucial to us. If i offer a new contract, i know i'm going to lose him.
What should i do? Offer a new contract and hope for the best or wait a season, try and get near the top of the table so i can offer a new contract in 12 months? He'll hopefully see we're ambitious and not want a release clause. I'm really stuck with this decision.