By Tom Blackburn

Charlie Taylor will be a part of the Leeds team next season, according to manager Garry Monk.

Taylor has been heavily linked with a move away from Elland Road, with a number of Premier League sides interested.

However, in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk says there is no doubt Taylor will remain at the club beyond this summer.

“For sure, 100 per cent. He has to be here,” Monk said when asked if Taylor would be around next season.

“Charlie’s been great, he’s been fantastic in training and he’s very focused on what we’re doing. That’s not a problem.

“There’s no worries about it from my side and it’s business as usual. Charlie’s a big important part of what I’m doing.”

West BromBurnley and Middlesborough have all been linked with making moves for the £5million-rated defender.

The left-sided player was a stand out performer in the second tier during the 2015-16 season as he claimed the club’s player of the year award.

The York-born player starred in 43 appearances for the Whites in the recently completed season scoring one goal and providing seven assists from his full-back position.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are leading the race to entice a 23-year-old away from his Premier League club.