By Coral Barry
Leeds defender Charlie Taylor has refused to sign a contract extension, according to the club’s chief executive Ben Mansford.
The 22-year-old is in the final year of his current deal at Elland Road and has been locked in negotiations with Leeds about extending his stay.
However, Mansford has now revealed that the club have been given a firm no in talks with Taylor over a new deal, but have been encouraged with exchanges between Alex Mowatt’s and Lewie Coyle’s representatives.
“Charlie Taylor’s situation has been much talked about,” Mansford told BBC Radio Leeds. “We run the risk with Charlie, because he could possibly go for free if we hold onto him.
“We are engaged with Alex [Mowatt] and his representatives, the same with Charlie. Some of that is from before I arrived at the club, so it’s a little bit hard for me to answer questions on where we have historically been with Charlie.
“But, I think it’s right to say that at this moment in time, Charlie doesn’t want to extend his current deal with us. I think that’s a fair and honest report on where the deal is at.
“I don’t really want to get drawn into too much more about Charlie, I think Alex and Lewie Coyle are the ones we are engaged with and we will look to extend their deals.”
Leeds lost star youngster Lewis Cook to Bournemouth earlier in the summer and have been sweating over the futures of the other crop of promising academy graduates who are entering the final 12 months of their deals.
Taylor has firmly established himself as Leeds’ first-choice left-back and made 42 appearances for the Whites last season, chipping in with seven assists. He won the Leeds’ Player Of The Year award for the 2015/16 season.
The full-back’s impressive campaign has reportedly attracted the attention of some Premier League clubs, but Mansford did not reveal whether any offers had come in for Taylor.