Coventry manager Andy Thorn has dismissed speculation linking skipper Sammy Clingan with a move away from the Ricoh Arena.

The Northern Ireland international, who was only recently handed the captain's armband for the forthcoming campaign, is a reported target for Leeds, but Thorn insists his midfield maestro is going nowhere, while the Sky Blues boss has also been assured by chairman Ken Dulieu that Clingan is staying put.

Thorn said: "I've heard nothing on that. It's just speculation but Sammy is a massive part of what we are doing here."

He added: "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.

"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.

"We're preparing for the new season with Sammy Clingan as our captain."

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