Leeds United have decided to keep veteran defender Liam Cooper at the club even if they secure a return to the Premier League next season, according to Football Insider.

The Whites are going through an exceptional season where they are placed on the top of the Championship table with 71 points after 37 league matches, seven clear of third-placed Fulham.

With a return to top-flight football looking more and more likely, it is believed that Leeds are already preparing how they would increase their chances of surviving in the Premier League next season.

As per the Football Insider, the Elland Road hierarchy has decided to keep Cooper at the club for the next season.

The Leeds captain has been an exceptional servant of the Yorkshire club and is one of the most trusted players of manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Cooper joined Leeds in the summer of 2014 from Chesterfield and was become fans favourite for his attitude and work rate.

Since then, the Scotland international has represented his current club in 190 matches in all competitions, where he has scored seven goals and provided five assists.

In the ongoing campaign, Cooper has been instrumental in the defensive line for Leeds where he has the most number of clearances (3.3) and third-most number of interceptions (1.9) per game for the club.

Looking at Leeds’ defence for next season, regardless of whether they are promoted or not, the Yorkshire club’s fans will be keen for Ben White to be secured on a permanent deal after his excellent showing in 2019-20.

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