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Leeds boss Steve Evans vows to keep selecting Sam Byram regardless of where his future lies

The 22-year-old continues to attract the interest of several Premier League clubs.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has vowed that he will continue to select Sam Byram in the side until the moment that the youngster potentially decides to leave Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 22-year-old's current deal with the Whites expires at the end of the season, and with clubs like Aston Villa and Liverpool taking a recent interest in his progress (via Yorkshire Evening Post), it appears that Leeds may be forced into a tough decision during the January transfer window.

That decision - over whether to cash-in on Byram this month rather than let him go for nothing, bar the compensation that Leeds would be due, in the summer - has been made much more difficult in recent weeks. The academy graduate has been recalled to the side, having previously been side-lined, and has shown regular glimpses of a player that is destined to play at the highest level.

Seemingly aware of how valuable Byram could be to any play-off push for the club, Evans has insisted that the youngster shall remain in his plans until he is informed that he is no longer a Leeds player.

"Until [Massimo] Cellino phones me up and tells me that Sam is being sold, I'll continue to pick him," Evans said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I'm quite relaxed about the situation.

"The reason I'm picking him is nothing to do with his contract or anything else. It's down to his form. The reason he didn't play for a few weeks a while back was because I wasn't seeing the performances in training I needed to see from him'.

Byram's return from exile has coincided with the club's recent unbeaten run that now stretches to six games, and sees Leeds sit in the top half of the Championship. Although he barely featured in the victory over Hull and the stalemate with Charlton, Byram has been an integral member of the side since, scoring three goals.

His brace against Wolves guided the Whites to an impressive victory, while it was only he that was capable of conjuring up some magic during the frustrating draw against Nottingham Forest. Having gone behind to a very sloppy goal, Leeds' dominance in the middle of the park at the City Ground was going largely unrewarded - with both Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci wasting excellent chances - but Byram managed to find the back of the net with Leeds' only moment of real quality in the final third of the entire game.

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