After much speculation recently surrounding the future of Leeds’ striker, Ross McCormack, the club’s owner, Massimo Cellino has explained his position.
“He`s a talented player so I couldn`t tell him no, stay at Leeds,” Cellino said. “If he gets an offer from a big team then we should give him the chance to go. But the teams who`ve asked for McCormack are from the Championship. Why should I sell McCormack? We are not desperate to sell him so why should we? If I needed money, I would tell you frankly – I need money, I have to sell, I`m not ashamed. McCormack is a matter of principle, not money. He`s a beautiful player and he`s staying at Leeds.
“I`ll make him keep his word with the fans. He`s signed a contract and he wants to stay, he said that publicly. He says he loves Leeds. McCormack is a Leo, like my star sign – a leader and a winner who knows the responsibilities. We expect from him the same work next season but not same manner of goals. He played for Leeds with his heart last year, that`s what we want from him. We don`t want him to carry the weight of his team on his shoulders. He played for three players last season.”
Cellino is basically saying that he won’t sell to a Championship rival but that he would consider selling to a Premier League club and despite what he says about not needing the money, this sort of talk is all about letting everyone know he’s for sale.
Leeds clearly wouldn’t fancy the prospect of selling McCormack to a rival in the same league and then seeing him score against them – who would?
Fulham failed with a reported £5m bid last week for the 27 year old Championship top scorer and it seems likely they will bid again. Only the recently relegated clubs with parachute payments would seem able to afford the player but in an ideal world, Cellino would sell him to a Premier League side for even more money.
There have been suggestions that City are interested but nothing concrete, there may have been an enquiry, but with the player under a long term contract, Leeds can name their price and whatever that price is, you can bet it’s high.
This one looks set to run for a while yet but don’t bet on David McNally getting held to ransom. There are other targets that offer better value for money and Lewis Grabben is one of them.