Leeds United boss Garry Monk has praised Charlie Taylor ahead of his side’s final Sky Bet Championship game of the season at Wigan Athletic this weekend.

Taylor is out of contract at Elland Road in the Summer, and having turned down a deal last year, looks unlikely to put pen to paper any time soon.

The defender also handed in a transfer request last August, not long after he turned down a new deal.

Premier League sides such as Liverpool, West Brom and Stoke are chasing the full-back, but Monk hasn’t given up hope of getting him to sign a new contract.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk said: “I think it’s always a difficult situation for a player in these circumstances, especially nowadays with being out of contract, having a lot of speculation about yourself and it being a constant throughout a whole season.”

“It is something new in his life, he’s a young player, a young man and he’s not massively experienced in these types of situations so I sat with him at the start of the season and explained the situation from the club’s point of view and obviously from my point of view and then got an understanding of his point of view.”

“He’s trained well. His attitude has been good and he’s a popular lad amongst the players and we will see at the end of the season.

When he was quizzed about the future of Charlie Taylor, Monk said: “There’s always a possibility that he could stay, but that’s one of many issues that need to be sorted.”


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