He's a future England star - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Leeds stars beg ace to sign

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United not to break the bank for Ben White as they just can’t compete with the likes of Liverpool.

The former Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 22-year-old will be “worth whatever” is paid for his services in the long-term and insisted he is a future England star.

As first revealed by Football Insider, Liverpool scouts have been keeping close tabs on White all season ahead of a potential summer swoop.

However, Leeds’ stars have been begging White virtually “every day” to remain at Elland Road next season.

When asked by Football Insider if Leeds should match Liverpool’s offer were the Reds to come in for the player this summer, Whelan said: “I think you have got to be sensible with your money.

“Do not get me wrong. The kid would be worth whatever you pay for him because long term he will be an England international and a very successful centre-half.

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“I really would love him to stay at Leeds but you have got to manage the books properly. You have got to make sure you get players in for the right money at the right price that are not going to send the club under.

“It is a really difficult one because you are also looking at Champions League football and it is his choice.”

White has been ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa in the Championship this season having arrived on a season-long loan from Brighton last July.

The defender has helped the Whites keep 17 clean sheets in his 37 appearances – the most in the division.

White’s loan deal at Elland Road is due to expire at the end of May. However, that will likely be extended until the end of the season as FIFA considers emergency measures to restrict player movement amid the coronavirus pandemic, Football Insider has learned.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that club are preparing legal letters for players if instructions are not adhered to.