Exclusive: Leeds stars begging 'Unbelievable' player every day to sign
Leeds United stars are “begging” Ben White virtually every day to sign a permanent deal with the club, Football Insider has learned.
Skipper Liam Cooper has hailed his fellow centre-back for his “unbelievable” loan campaign and hoped that he can remain at Elland Road next season.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Cooper’s view is echoed around the rest of the squad, who have been dazzled by the pedigree and potential of the 22-year-old Brighton man.
A regular topic of conversation in the dressing room and in group chats is the future of White, who is due to return to the Seagulls at the end of the season.
Good-natured suggestions from senior Leeds stars have questioned White on why he could possibly want to be anywhere else next season.
White’s future is likely to depend on multiple factors, but it is certain there is no chance he will be at Elland Road in 2020/21 unless they get promoted.
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He belongs to Brighton, but the Premier League club face a battle to hang on to him, with elite teams keeping close tabs on him.
Liverpool have a strong interest in White, as revealed by Football Insider, and he is also on the radar of the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City after his consistently outstanding form for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
White has started all 37 of Leeds’ league matches this season and remarkably played every single minute of the Championship campaign.
He is considered so technically complete by Bielsa he has been used as an emergency defensive midfielder multiple times this season.
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