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Paul Robinson has said that the report linking young sensation Yan Couto to Leeds United is another sign of the growing relationship between the club and Premier League giants Man City.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that the 17-year-old right-back was on the brink of signing a five-year deal with Man City.

The plan is then to loan him to Leeds if they win promotion.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It shows the strength of the relationship between Man City and Leeds.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have such a strong relationship with a football superpower like Man City.

“The fact that Bielsa is in place, Guardiola has no qualms sending his young talent to Leeds and develop under him because he knows what a quality manager he is.

“It’s another string in Leeds’ bow for having Bielsa.

“Top clubs like Man City and Liverpool have a bundle of top youngsters, they have a loan squad, a squad that goes into pre-season and a loan manager who loans them out all over Europe and then goes to watch them.

“If Leeds have this sort of relationship with Man City it can only bode well.

“I don’t know much about Yan Couto but it just seems to firm up the relationship between the two clubs.

“Another positive for Leeds having this relationship with Man City is they can tap into their scouting resources. So, if Man City find someone and say he’s not ready for us yet but he can go out on loan, it’s brilliant for Leeds.”

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With all due respect to a manager like Paul Heckingbottom, we doubt Leeds would be in the position they are, or enjoy the relationship with Man City, if he was still in charge.

The move to bring Bielsa in is looking more and more inspired at Leeds.

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