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Leeds United's Charlie Taylor planning long-term Elland Road stay

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Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor has reportedly become a transfer target for Manchester United.

Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor has suggested to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is set to stay at Elland Road for the foreseeable future, as he wants to help the side win promotion back to the Premier League.

Taylor was linked with Manchester United by the Daily Star this week, with his consistently high level of performance for the Whites catching the eye.  

However, the 22-year-old insists that he is paying little attention to these rumours, as he is excited by the team Uwe Rosler is building. 

“I saw the reports, but obviously took no notice of it. It’s just paper talk," he said. "I am just concentrating on playing for Leeds every week. I am happy here, they are my local team and obviously the aim is getting into the Premier League.

“It is where we belong with the club’s fanbase and history and hopefully it won’t be too long until we are back there.

“We are a young developing side with some fantastic players and this season could be an exciting one.

“But we have to take it one game at a time and pick up as many points as we can, home and away and get as high up the table as we can.”

Taylor was struggling to get a chance for Leeds until midway through last season, when Stephen Warnock completed a move to Derby County.

Since then, he has not looked back and he is now a firmly established member of Rosler's starting line-up, with his performances getting stronger and stronger as he becomes more accustomed to senior football.

Comfortable going forward, and strong defensively, the youngster possesses all of the attributes required of a modern day full-back, and he is another exciting product to have come through Leeds' famed youth system. 

Taylor has played in every one of the Yorkshire side's Championship matches to date, and he opened his goalscoring account for the new campaign by netting against Milton Keynes Dons in his most recent outing.

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