Leeds appear increasingly unlikely to be able to retain the services of one of their most crucial loanees after the player’s manager clarified his stance.
The Whites will make their return to the Premier League after a 16-year exodus in September.
The summer transfer window promises to be a busy one at Elland Road, with a pair of superstar strikers recently linked.
Closer to home, Leeds have set about turning the temporary deals of several key men permanent.
Helder Costa and more recently Illan Meslier have both signed on the dotted line, but Leeds appear set for a major blow with regards to Ben White.
The 22-year-old excelled in his partnership with Liam Cooper, providing the foundation for the league’s meanest defence.
Yet despite their desire to retain his services, the latest comments from Brighton boss Graham Potter have all but ruled out his return to Elland Road next year – even via the loan route.
The Seagulls boss said (via The Daily Mail): “He’s our player, he’s got a long contract with us.
“I have known Ben for a while. I’ve been aware of him, wanted to try and sign him when we were at Swansea.
“I know about his qualities. He’s a fantastic player.
“He’s done brilliantly at Leeds and helped them get promotion – that’s fantastic for them, fantastic for him. But he’s our player and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
The final sentence seems to be the most crucial, with Potter’s insistence about working with him seeming to indicate White will be playing his football at the AMEX next season.
Leeds plotting to usurp Man Utd for wonderkid
Meanwhile, Bielsa’s side have been linked with an Argentine sensation making waves back home, with the player himself revealing his desire to be coached by his fellow countryman.
The Argentine sensation was previously liked with Man Utd, though a recent report suggests Leeds could usurp their bitter rivals.