Brighton and Hove Albion technical director Dan Ashworth has sent a transfer warning to Leeds United over the future of centre-back Ben White, making it clear that the Seagulls want to keep the player “for a number of years”.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side have been excellent this term and are on course to gain promotion to the Premier League. Sitting top of the Championship table as things stand, one of the club’s top performers has been White, who has played alongside Liam Cooper at the heart of Bielsa’s side for the most part this term.
A total of 37 appearances in the league this term has enhanced the young defender’s reputation and Ashworth is determined not to lose the player permanently.
Having agreed a loan extension of late due to the postponement of fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the young English defender’s has the chance to help Leeds gain automatic promotion.
Parent club Brighton will undoubtedly want to keep hold of the 22-year-old and their stance remains pretty firm, although Leeds are hopeful that will change if the Seagulls are relegated to the Championship.
White’s excellent season at Leeds has greatly enhanced his reputation and losing him back to Brighton would be a massive blow for Bielsa’s team.
The Seagulls may want to keep hold of the 22-year-old next season but they must ensure they remain in the Premier League or the defender himself may look to move on, especially if Leeds end up swapping places with his parent club in the top flight.
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