By Amir Mir

Ian Harte has stated that he would love it if Leeds could get promoted and keep highly-rated youngster Charlie Taylor.

Elland Road favourite Harte made a bold claim by stating that the 23-year-old is the “best left-back in the league”.

Taylor, who won the player of the year award last season, has a contract which expires at the end of the season.

As a result, his future at Elland Road has come into question with his side currently aiming to finish in the top six and earn promotion to the Premier League.

“For me, I would love it if we could sign him again,” Harte told Radio Leeds.

“For me, he is the best left-back in the league. I know there will be plenty of interest, but it would be brilliant if Leeds could get promoted and keep him.”

York-born Taylor had been on the sidelines for a number of months and recently returned to action during the 1-1 draw at Fulham earlier on in the month.

He played the full match during that crucial point at Craven Cottage and was benched for the following game as he continued to get used to first-team football following a long lay off.

Over the course of the season, the highly-rated defender has played 27 games in all competitions, providing four assists.

Prior to the international break, he started the impressive 2-0 home win against automatic hopefuls Brighton and provided an assist for the club’s star man Chris Wood.

The New Zealand international, who is currently leading the scoring charts in the Championship, scored a brace during that crucial game.

In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan has issued this brutal response to Jaap Stam after his comments.

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