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Marcelo Bielsa maintains Liam Cooper is a key part of the Leeds squad despite bringing in defensive duo Diego Llorente and Robin Koch in the summer transfer window to bolster back line at Elland Road Marcelo Bielsa has signed two new centre-backs for Leeds this summer German Robin Koch arrived for £13million and has started two games for Leeds Diego Llorente then moved to Elland Road for Real Sociedad for £18million The Leeds manager maintains captain Liam Cooper is still a big part of the club

By Mark Walker, Press Association Sport

Published: 10:14 BST, 26 September 2020 | Updated: 10:14 BST, 26 September 2020

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Marcelo Bielsa has insisted Leeds captain Liam Cooper 'is a huge part of this club' following the arrival of Spain defender Diego Llorente.

Llorente, 27, completed a reported £18million move from Real Sociedad this week, while another international centre-half, Germany's Robin Koch, joined Leeds last month from Freiburg for a fee of around £13m.

Cooper, 29, returned to central defence in last week's 4-3 home win against Fulham after a calf injury and is poised to make his 200th appearance for Leeds in Sunday's Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.

Marcelo Bielsa thinks Liam Cooper (above) is still crucial to Leeds after signings two defenders

Marcelo Bielsa thinks Liam Cooper (above) is still crucial to Leeds after signings two defenders

Diego Llorente moved to Elland Road from Real Sociedad this week for £18million

Diego Llorente moved to Elland Road from Real Sociedad this week for £18million

'In principle I think he will play and Cooper is a huge part of this club,' Bielsa said. 'I'm referring to the patrimony between him and the institution.

'Institutions are bigger when they have patrimonies like this, when they have someone who behaves in an impeccable manner, as Cooper does.'

Leeds' versatile defender Gaetano Berardi sustained a long-term knee injury at the end of last season and Ben White returned to parent club Brighton, where he has since signed a

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