Coventry manager Andy Thorn has insisted that club captain Sammy Clingan is staying at the West Midlands club.
He brushed off rumours that Clingan could be on the move, saying that the Irish international will remain a key part of the make-up at the Ricoh Arena.
Thorn went on to say he had heard 'nothing' from any of the clubs speculatively linked with a move.
“It’s just speculation but Sammy is a massive part of what we are doing here," he said.
“I spoke to him at length in Portugal about his role in the team and here at the club and he absolutely loves it at Coventry City.
“He’s a very important player for us and that's the way it will remain. As far as I am concerned he is staying here and I have had the same assurances from the chairman that he is not for sale.”
The speculation is unlikely to end however, as Sky Sports reports that a resurgent Leeds United are interested in the 27-year-old.
The club, which is facing financial difficulty, may well wish to avoid a repeat of Keiren Westwood and Aron Gunnarsson’s departure, who both left for free this summer after failing to agree a new deal.
City’s defiant manager, who takes on a permanent position this season after a caretaker role following Adrian Boothroyd’s sacking, announced that Clingan’s role will be as important as ever despite only having one year left on his current deal.
"We're preparing for the new season with Sammy Clingan as our captain," he said.
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