Leeds give official response to Charlie Taylor's transfer request, Cellino and Monk made agreement

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

Leeds United have rejected Charlie Taylor's transfer request.

Leeds United's Charlie TaylorLeeds United's Charlie Taylor

Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that they have rejected a transfer request from left back Charlie Taylor, with Massimo Cellino and Garry Monk agreeing not to sell the player this summer.

Taylor, 22, is yet another success story from the Leeds United academy, and having taken over as Leeds' first-choice left back following Stephen Warnock's departure to Derby County in January 2015, he's established himself as one of the top young defenders in the Championship.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Toumani DiagouragaLeeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga

Since the turn of the year, Taylor has seen fellow academy graduates Sam Byram and Lewis Cook head to the Premier League with West Ham United and Bournemouth respectively, and speculation has surrounded Taylor's future at Elland Road.

As reported by The Mirror last week, Taylor is a target for Premier League sides Burnley, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United - and Taylor appears to have tried to force a move away from Leeds.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Maxime ColinLeeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Maxime Colin

Leeds have confirmed on their official website that Taylor handed in a transfer request over the weekend, but have rejected his attempts to leave.

It's claimed that chairman Massimo Cellino and manager Garry Monk made an agreement at the start of the summer transfer window that Taylor wouldn't be sold, hence the transfer request being snubbed today.

Brentford's Akaki Gogia in action with Leeds United's Charlie TaylorBrentford's Akaki Gogia in action with Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

Taylor is in the final year of his contract at Elland Road, putting Leeds in a difficult position. They could attempt to cash in now whilst they still can, or risk losing him at the end of his contract next summer, but either way, it seems that Taylor's long-term future lies away from Elland Road.

Right now, it seems that Leeds would rather have Taylor in their side for one more season as they attempt to push for a play-off place, than lose another youngster as they have with Cook this summer.

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