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Leeds United have sent a clear message to Sam Byram

Leeds have sent a message to Sam Byram that they are ready with or without him.

Sam Byram is yet to commit his future to Leeds United, and the club are already making plans with or without him.

Owner Massimo Cellino criticised the defender earlier this season for failing to sign a new deal, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Cellino told SkySports in September that he was offended that Byram had not extended his contract, and while there is a chance he still signs a new deal, time is running out.

Leeds are not letting it affect them, and have sent a clear message to Byram that they are planning for the future, even if he is not a part of it.

Earlier this season they signed Gaetano Berardi to a contract extension, confirming via their official website the Swiss full-back has committed his future to the club until 2018.

Berardi has displaced Byram at right-back this season, and the youngster has only played in the role when Berardi has had to fill in for Charlie Taylor at left-back.

Leeds have further underlined their options at the position by announcing they have signed Lewie Coyle to a new deal, which also takes his future at the club up until 2018.

Coyle is the captain of the under-21 side and has been winning rave reviews for his displays this season. He admitted to the club's website he is happy to go on loan to get first team football for now, similarly to how Charlie Taylor did at Fleetwood Town, before establishing himself in the first team.

With Berardi first choice and Coyle backing him up, and Scott Wootton also deputising at right-back regularly this season, Leeds have options without Byram.

The club's actions shows their commitment to Berardi and Coyle, and ramps up the pressure on Byram to similarly put pen to paper on a new deal, yet if he does not, plans are already in place.

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