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Paul Robinson has said that Ben White has been very open about how much Leeds United mean to him as speculation continues over his future.

The Atheltic journalist Phil Hay has said that White is one of the club’s top targets as they head back to the Premier League.

However, Robinson thinks that Leeds will have to fend off interest from clubs able to offer White Champions League football.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I think Brighton will do everything they can to hold onto him. But I think he’s quite openly shared his passion and love for Leeds United, and the way he’s settled and the way he’s been treated, I think he loves everything about the club.

“To top his time off with the Championship title, it’s the icing on the cake.

“I think there will be suitors – no disrespect to Leeds – who are bigger and will be offering White Champions League football next season.

“I think it will all come down to the player’s drive and ambition and what he wants to achieve.

“He’s still very young but he’s been talked about in glowing terms and I think an international call-up is on the cards.

“Whether he goes to Brighton, whether he goes to Leeds or a Champions League club… there are a lot of permutations.

“But, if I was Bielsa I’d be doing anything I could to bring him back to Elland Road. Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool paid what they did for Van Dijk but look at the impact he’s had at the club.

“You can’t underestimate how important a top-quality centre-back is at a club.”

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Leeds will need two centre-backs this summer with White gone and Gaetano Berardi out injured for six months.

Leeds fans will be hoping it’s White and one other but White could end up being one of the bigger transfer stories this summer.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Strong’ – Phil Hay names clinical 26-goal striker Leeds United want to sign

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