That duly brings an end to weeks of speculation over his future, with Leeds making three unsuccessful bids to sign the centre-back following his loan spell at Elland Road last season and each of the Premier League’s top six in 2019/20 also believed to have been interested in him.
Brighton also shared the confirmation of White’s long-term deal on their Instagram channel @officialbhafc, encouraging fans to like the post by saying: “This news deserves a double tap from you all”. With almost 14,000 likes on the post as of this morning, many have answered the call to action from the club’s social media team.
However, some Seagulls fans also took the opportunity to taunt Leeds over their failed attempts to sign the defender permanently, with several tagging the Yorkshire club’s official Instagram profile in an apparent attempt to troll the newly-promoted Premier League side. Another supporter jubilantly commented “Leeds fans weeping into their pillows” accompanied by crying-with-laughter emojis.
White’s reputation soared after an excellent 2019/20 campaign on loan at Elland Road, playing every minute of their Championship-winning season and prompting his parent club to slap a £50m price tag on his head.
Will Ben White be a regular starter for Brighton in 2020/21?
Judging by the huge show of faith from the Sussex club in giving him a four-year deal, however, White looks well-placed to prove why he is so highly-rated by his current employers, while he will have the chance to show Leeds what they are missing when Graham Potter’s side visit Elland Road in January.
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