By Craig Scott

3rd Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

Manager raves about 'Brilliant' Leeds-linked player, shares 12-word update on speculation

Swansea manager Steve Cooper has confirmed that there has been no bid from Leeds United for defender Ben Cabango.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Cabango, 20, is someone who Leeds are monitoring ahead of the new season as they consider adding another centre-back to their squad.

The Yorkshire newspaper did not infer that a bid had been made for the Welsh defender but Cooper is adamant he has not heard anything from Leeds with regards to their interest.

“First I’ve heard of it, and no, there’s not been any bid,” said Cooper, as quoted by WalesOnline.

Cooper went on to rave about Cabango with the Cardiff-born ace being called up to the Wales national squad by Ryan Giggs last week.

Cabango could earn his first senior cap for the Welsh side against either Finland or Bulgaria by the end of this week and Swansea manager Cooper has been full of praise for his defender.

“We gave him a long-term contract last year. We saw his potential as soon as we took him into the first-team squad in pre-season last season and he’s continued to progress,” Cooper added.

“And the exciting bit is that he’s still got a long way to go. Ben’s a brilliant character, very well-liked, really cares about his football and his career.

“He’s a good learner, he wants to improve every single day and we’re really enjoying going through that process with him.”

Leeds wrapped up the signing of Robin Koch from Freiburg last week, which quelled a lot of concerns among fans that Marcelo Bielsa’s defensive options were light.

After Ben White’s loan spell ended and Brighton refused to sell him to Leeds, Liam Cooper was left as the only senior centre-back on the books at Elland Road with Gaetano Berardi injured and out of contract.

Cooper and Koch are now bound to be Leeds’ starting centre-backs when the season kicks off in less than two weeks’ time but it would not hurt to have another option in that area.

Cabango could be a good fit.

He impressed at Swansea last season as he made 26 first-team appearances in all competitions to help the Welsh club qualify for the Championship play-offs.

Cooper is clearly a fan of his player and the call-up to the Wales squad – having only turned 20 in May – shows how highly-rated he is by Giggs.

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