Wilfried Gnonto and Tyler Adams have been named as two players Leeds United would be ‘very keen to retain’ even if they are relegated this season.

That is according to the Athletic, who claim while Gnonto is attracting interest from clubs in Europe, he, alongside Adams are whom Leeds are desperate to keep.

Gnonto and Adams are among two of very little bright sparks for Leeds this season with both having arrived from FC Zurich and RB Leipzig respectively last summer.

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During the period between the World Cup and March international break, Gnonto established himself as one of the best young talents in the league, with Gary Neville labelling him as ‘absolutely fantastic’ while on commentary duty for Leeds’ defeat at Aston Villa in January.

Adams, meanwhile, was one of few consistent performers under Jesse Marsch with his tough-tackling displays in midfield seeing him become a fan favourite.

Leeds want to keep Gnonto and Adams if relegated

There is no doubt a high turnover of players is in store this summer if Leeds are to go down, but ultimately they can’t lose everybody.

Leeds should look to follow the examples of Watford and Norwich City in recent years, with the former able to keep both Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr for two Championship seasons, and the latter retaining the services of Emi Buendia back in 2020/21.

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There is no doubt both Gnonto and Adams will attract interest from top-flight clubs both in England and abroad, but if Leeds can stave that off it already puts them on the front foot next season.

Both do have international careers to think of as well, though with all due respect, the state of both Italy and USA’s current sides should ensure they continue to get in the squad even if they are in the Championship.

It will certainly be a big ask, but Leeds will need to show some resolve and put themselves first.

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