Rejected Leeds United bids left Ben White 'disappointed'

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Leeds United have enjoyed quite a summer so far.

After finalising promotion from the Championship, attention quickly turned to the challenge that was awaiting them.

Returning to the Premier League after 16 years away is never going to be easy, and the Whites know that.

That's why they're taking the transfer window so seriously.

A number of deals have already been completed, with the likes of Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier and Helder Costa extending their stays at the club.

They were joined by Robin Koch and Rodrigo who will certainly add some quality to Marcelo Bielsa's squad.

But for all of those have arrived at Elland Road, there was always going to be some who's deals never quite made it over the line.

Of course we're talking about Ben White.

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The defender was a huge part in the club's achievement of winning promotion last term, and Leeds were determined to sign him on a permanent basis this summer.

Bielsa's side had a staggering three offers rejected by Brighton, before it was announced that the young defender had penned a new long-term deal on the south coast.

While this was a big blow to Leeds supporters, White's agent Alex Levack claimed that his client was also disappointed that the move didn't materialise, but insisted that he was now focused on his future with Brighton.

Asked by Sky Sports News if White was disappointed, Levack said: "Of course.

He enjoyed his time at Leeds incredibly.

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"They looked after him so well, the fans were fantastic to him. But when a football club don't want to sell it's very difficult.

"There was a tinge of disappointment but that passed quickly, Ben's head is fully at Brighton and he wants to get cracking in the Premier League now."

Levack added: ""It dragged on for quite a long time, but I'm delighted for Ben that it got done.

"He deserves it. The main consideration for us was whether or not he was going to play.

"On reflection, with the deal he's just signed, also the fact Brighton let Shane Duffy leave, Matt Clarke going to Derby, that shows the intent that Ben is going back there to play.

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"That was the most important factor with Ben signing a new contract."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Of course Leeds United supporters will be disappointed about this, but I can't help but feel that we haven't heard the last of this.

Ben White clearly loved his time at Elland Road and that means that these comments could suggest that he'd be open to making a move in the future.

That's highly unlikely to happen this summer, but there's nothing to suggest that it won't be revisited at the end of the season.

Much will depend on how Leeds and Brighton perform this season - as well as the performances of White himself.

If he thrives in the Premier League environment then the Seagulls could be facing bigger offers from bigger clubs for the star.

But as it stands I'm sure that Leeds will be watching his progress very, very closely.

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