By Coral Barry

Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford confirmed on Tuesday that defender Charlie Taylor is refusing to sign a new contract with the club – and the Whites faithful couldn’t decide whether they hated him or backed him.

Taylor is in the final 12 months of his current contract and has told Leeds he will not be signing an extension.

The defender’s stance could force Leeds to cash in on the 22-year-old this summer rather than risk losing him on the cheap or peven on a free next year.

Whatever the outcome, Leeds supporters were divided over the news.

Taylor has been tipped to follow recently departed and former academy team-mate Lewis Cook to the Premier League.

Cook joined Bournemouth in a £10million deal earlier in the summer and Taylor is now being mooted as the next rising star to be sold off.

However, if Leeds are prepared to run the risk of holding onto him, they might end up with having to watch him walk out of the club next summer on a free.

One Whites fan was all too aware the two parties stonewalling each other could lead to disaster for Leeds.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has outlined the attitude he is demanding from his players ahead of the new season.