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Phil Hay issues Brenden Aaronson claim after Kalvin Phillips & Raphinha Leeds United exits

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Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson is looking to impress for the USMNT in the upcoming World Cup, after showing his talents in the Premier League.

The Whites have three of their new signings taking to the World Cup across two different nations, with the USMNT featuring two of Leeds’ star players.

Brenden Aaronson is going to be a core part of Gregg Berhalter’s success in Qatar, as he and Tyler Adams take to their first World Cup.

Aaronson only joined Leeds in the summer after another great season with Red Bull Salzburg, costing the club a reported £24.7million fee.

His form since then has shown why Leeds were so keen to sign him, knowing he’s only going improve having just turned 22 last month.

Leeds lost Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips in the summer as they moved to Champions League clubs, and Aaronson could be another with a higher ceiling that the Elland Road club currently have.

Should the attacking midfielder have a great World Cup, he’s sure to arouse interest, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

Writing in their The Radar series, he had this to say about Aaronson ahead of the World Cup:

“Leeds rarely recruit players on short-term deals and they like to tie new signings to extended terms, partly to ensure consistency in their squad but also to make sure that if clubs try to get anyone out of Elland Road, they have little choice but to pay a high price. 

“Leeds are not naive about the possibility of quality footballers going on to bigger things, and it happened recently with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, but Aaronson is someone they want to build their future around.”

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It’s no shock that we might already have to be thinking about Aaronson going onto bigger things, but we aim to be progressing soon too.

Staying around the bottom end of the Premier League is not something on the club’s mind long-term, and Aaronson is central to us getting better.

Signing young players already capable of finding their feet in the Premier League is a huge boost, knowing how good he and others can be in the future.

You’d hope that the club are able to fend off interest in him and actually build around him.

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