Monk outlines how he plans to convince young stars to stay at Leeds this summer
By Coral Barry
Garry Monk is hoping a chat with each of Leeds’ young stars will be enough to convince them to remain at Elland Road.
Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt are all entering the final year of their contracts and much has been speculated that they could be prized away this summer.
Manchester United are said to be among various top flight clubs monitoring 19-year-old Cook, while Taylor is reportedly on the radar of Sunderland.
Monk’s first port of call as the new Leeds boss will be to try and tie down the club’s most prized assets and he believes he will be able to convince them to sign fresh deals.
“Once I speak and sit down with them and give them a vision of what I would like to do with them and the team going forward, hopefully that is enough to keep them here,” said Monk speaking to the Yorkshire Post.
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“I want the players to be happy, see what the future is and be part of it. That is the key to it.
“Keeping your strongest players is paramount, of course it is. It is about not taking away anything, but adding to what we already have.”
Leeds have made it clear in the past that they are willing to offload their most promising players for the right price.
Whites academy graduate Sam Byram was the most recent departure after he signed for West Ham in January.
Byram was in the final year of his contract and was sold to the Hammers at a knock down price of £3.7million.
Monk will be eager to avoid another situation with Cook, Mowatt and Taylor.
The Leeds trio are currently under contract until 2017 and Monk has admitted his main priority is to keep his best players.
The 37-year-old said: “It is about keeping your best players. Looking at the squad, part of the attraction was that there is a group ready to work with and improve and push forward.
“It is about identifying which ones to add, but it is about definitely keeping your best and strongest players and improving everyone at the same time.”