Howson remains in 'discussions'

Whites captain still talking with Elland Road side

Jonny Howson: Remains in 'discussions' with Leeds over a new long-term deal

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Leeds United captain Jonny Howson remains in 'discussions' over a new contract despite hinting earlier this month terms were close to being finalised.

The 23-year-old is the club's longest-serving player having made his debut in 2006, but he could leave Elland Road next summer when his deal expires.

Howson knows fans are aware of his situation as a number of Leeds players have departed in recent seasons on free transfers in the shape of Jermaine Beckford, Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny.

The Leeds-born talent insists that talks take a 'bit of time' and that he has until the end of the season to secure his long-term future with the Whites.

Howson has reiterated his desire to play in the prestigious Premier League with the aim of playing in England's top flight with the West Yorkshire side.

Discussions

"That's only natural due to the ones that have left in the past," he commented.

"These days people want to hear answers there and then but sometimes it takes a bit of time.

"I have got until the end of the season for it to get sorted out. We are still in discussions.

"Any professional's ambition is to play at the highest level. My ambition is to get Leeds into the Premier League."