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Steve Evans rules out Leeds United exit for Charlie Taylor

Steve Evans says that he is planning to have Charlie Taylor around at Leeds United for the long term.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Charlie Taylor will not be leaving Leeds United in the January transfer window.

While the likes of Sam Byram and Lewis Cook have seen their futures heavily speculated about since the opening of the transfer window, Taylor seems to have gone under the radar.

The 22-year-old is arguably Leeds’ prized youngster, and Evans admits that Premier League clubs will be looking at the left back.

However, the 53-year-old boss insists that Leeds have no desire to cash in on Taylor, as they want him to be part of their long term future - alongside Lewis Cook.

“I would think very much like Lewis Cook, Charlie will be a part of what we’ll do going forward,” Evans said, when asked whether Taylor would remain with Leeds beyond the January transfer window.

“We lost him with a little illness, but he has come back better than ever.

"I don’t think he goes unnoticed by people in the Premier League and his day will come to play at the top level.”

Taylor has been one of Leeds’ best player so far this season, and it is reasonable to suggest that his departure would hurt more than any other player’s at Elland Road.

The academy graduate has shown great ability going forward, while he has also looked solid defensively.

Taylor already seems capable of playing football at a higher level than the Championship, but Leeds appear determined to keep hold of him, as Evans aims to mount a promotion push during the second half of the season.

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