Leeds United striker: I want to stay
Championship news: Ross McCormack insists that he is committed to playing for Leeds United, despite recent speculation
Leeds United striker Ross McCormack has quashed speculation linking him with a move away from Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Post.
The Scotland international cleared up his position at the club after he played in Leeds' first pre-season friendly against Farsley on Saturday.
United won convincingly at Throstle Nest, with new signings Matt Smith and Noel Hunt among the players on the scoresheet.
McCormack is expected to be a big part of manager Brian McDermott's plans this season from an attacking midfield role, despite speculation over the last fortnight linking him with a move away from the club.
Blackpool have a strong interest in McCormack, with rumours circulating that they would be willing to table a £1m bid to tempt the Scot away from Elland Road.
Recently relegated Queens Park Rangers have also been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, who has netted 28 times in 104 appearances since signing from Cardiff in August 2010.
McDermott has openly admitted that he needs to slash the wage bill in order to bring new players into the club - with Steve Morison already being allowed to join Championship rivals Millwall on a season-long loan - but McCormack has claimed he will not be one of those players.
He told the Yorkshire Post: "We’ve signed a couple of players and I think everyone knows that a few players are going to have to go out to balance the squad and probably balance the books as well.
“At the minute there’s a lot of speculation about me but I don’t want to go. The manager knows that, my agent knows that so it’s all pretty clear. If anything, maybe something could happen with my contract.”
McCormack will be looking to recapture the kind of form he showed in the 2011/12 season, when he netted 19 goals in the Championship for the Whites, who look to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2004.
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