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Leeds boss Garry Monk comments on Charlie Taylor's attitude

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

Garry Monk says Charlie Taylor remains committed to the job at hand.

Charlie Taylor celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for LeedsCharlie Taylor celebrates with team mates after scoring for Leeds

Leeds United announced in a club statement on their website that they have rejected a transfer request from defender Charlie Taylor.

The request was submitted over the weekend, with a month of the transfer window remaining, with Premier League sides circling.

With the Championship kicking off this weekend, Taylor's timing is poor, but Leeds United boss Garry Monk insists the club's reigning Player of the Season is not distracted.

Charlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeedsCharlie Taylor celebrates after scoring for Leeds

Taylor has only one year remaining on his contract, and remains in the frame to feature for Leeds this weekend.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Football League 2016/17 Preview Show on Tuesday 2/8 at 7.30pm, Monk gave his view on Taylor's future and his preparations for the club's season opener away to QPR.

He said: "I think every club outside the Premier League will face that battle (to keep players). Players want to play as high as possible. It's nothing strange or new.

"We are very focused on what we are trying to do. It's very important we keep our best players for a successful season, for sure, that's how I work.

"Charlie has been great, very focused in all of this. The club will make the right decision, whether a good enough contract, or good enough offer.

"Charlie is committed. As far as we concerned he is ready. He's ready for Sunday."

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

Monk did not categorically say Taylor was not for sale, likely because that is a promise he cannot keep as it is not his decision to make, but he did say quite clearly he would prefer to keep him.

Leeds do risk losing Taylor on a free next season, but if he signs for another English club they will be owed compensation at a tribunal which will run into the millions.

Unless the situation takes another turn for the worst, and Taylor is advised to strike by his agent or anybody else with an outside influence, it appears he will line up against QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.

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

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