By Will Butcher
Leeds boss Garry Monk has revealed that Charlie Taylor is in his plans for the entirety of the upcoming season, amid doubts over his future.
The 22-year-old handed in a transfer request on Sunday night, which has since been rejected by the Whites’ hierarchy despite less than 12 months remaining on the left-back’s contract.
Talking about Taylor in his first Championship press conference as Leeds manager, Monk revealed that he believes the youngster will remain in a Leeds shirt for the whole of the 2016-17 season.
“He’s the type of player we need to try and build the team around,” Monk said, as reported by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot. “We have to keep our best players.”
Leeds released a statement on Tuesday via their official website to confirm that a transfer request had been rejected and Taylor would not be sold this summer.
Despite being rejected, Taylor’s transfer request has alerted a number of Premier League clubs who have been closely trailing the 22-year-old.
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.
Taylor is now expected to start against QPR, despite wanting to leave Elland Road. Monk is also expected to use centre-back Liam Cooper after confirming that he has a whole squad available to him for the Championship owner.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a decision on this trialist who started for Leeds against Serie A side Atalanta.