Brighton & Hove Albion star Ben White was left disappointed after failing to secure a return to Leeds United this summer, his agent has confirmed.
Brighton stand firm
Speculation surrounding the future of Seagulls stopper White proved rampant over recent weeks.
This came on the back of a stellar campaign spent with Leeds in the Championship.
White played a starring role for the Peacocks in 2019/20, starting all 46 of the club’s league outings, as Marcelo Bielsa’s men booked their spot back in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
As such, news that the Championship title-winners held an interest in making White’s stay permanent subsequently came as little surprise.
Leeds’ advances, however, were met by an unwavering stance on the part of Brighton: that the club’s gifted stopper was not for sale.
This, in turn, eventually saw White put pen-to-paper on a new contract with his parent club, as the Englishman prepares to play a central role for Graham Potter’s men over the course of the season ahead:
😁 Ben White has agreed a new four-year contract with Albion, running to June 2024! ✍️ #BHAFC 🔵⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) September 1, 2020
‘When a club don’t want to sell…’
As outlined above, however, whilst, in the end, White was convinced to commit his long-term future to the Seagulls, if the defender had been granted his wish, it appears he would in fact have returned to Elland Road.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Transfer Show, Alex Levack, White’s representative, admitted that his client was left with ‘a tinge of disappointment’ after being unable to engineer a move back to Leeds this summer:
‘Of course. He enjoyed his time at Leeds incredibly. 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.’
“He enjoyed his time at Leeds incredibly. They looked after him so well, the fans were fantastic to him – when a football club don’t want to sell it’s very difficult.”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 3, 2020