Noel Whelan has insisted that Leeds United loanee Ben White is so good he is destined for a transfer to a Champions League club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward has been blown away by the impact made by the on-loan Brighton defender this season.

Whelan is in no doubt that White, who’s just turned 22, will soon force his way into the England team and be worth £50million.

The centre-back had never played a Premier League or Championship match before this season but has instantly looked at home in England’s demanding second tier.

“This kid is going places,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He is going to be an England international and is heading for a top club, a Champions League club. There’s no doubt he’s good enough.

“Right now, he’s on a par with John Stones, if not better than him. Ben White is much younger, has room for improvement and has a massive career ahead of him.

“I hope Leeds can win promotion to the Premier League and we can buy him but I’m worried because I know how good this kid can be.

“I’m not surprised he’s being linked with Liverpool and Man United. This kid could play in any team. He’s heading for a £50million move in the next year or two.”

White, 22, has started all 16 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season and been instrumental in them placing third in the league division.

He has made just two appearances for parent club Brighton in all competitions, and had spent each of the previous two seasons on loan in League One and League Two at Peterborough United and Newport County respectively.

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