Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler is set to speak to contract rebel Sam Byram this weekend, according to the Express.
The 22-year-old is an academy product at Elland Road and has already made over 100 appearances at the club, and his versatility enables him to play successfully at right back or on the right wing after being blooded into the first team at a very young age.
He’s rejected a new contract at the club this week, which greatly angered owner Massimo Cellino, as the Yorkshire club tried to fend off interest from the Premier League.
Sunderland made various bids for him over the summer, all of which were rejected, and Southampton, West Ham United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have all expressed an interest in the highly-rated defender over the course of the last two years.
With his contract set to expire next summer, it appears that Byram is now trying to force a move away from the club, and let his deal run down.
However, manager Rosler plans to hold talks with him over his future this weekend, telling the Express: ‘I spoke to Sam about it on Wednesday. On Thursday we had the day off and (on Friday) I haven’t spoken to him, but (on Saturday) I will speak with him again.’
Losing Byram would be a bitter blow to Leeds as he’s one of their brightest talents, and perhaps Rosler’s only solution is to sign him up to a new deal, and then sell him on in the summer.
Rosler’s side have made a solid start to the Championship season, losing just one of their opening eight games, but they face a tricky trip to high-flying Middlesbrough tomorrow.
Leeds fans… What do you make of this news? Will Byram leave? Are you upset with his actions? Do you think Rosler will have a solution? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!