Leeds United owner, Massimo Cellino, has announced that the club will not stop their star striker, Ross McCormack, from speaking to a ‘big club’, but will reject any offers from Championship rivals.
Speaking after the announcement of new manager David Hockaday, whose only previous managerial experience was in the Conference Premier, Cellino confirmed that offers had been made for the 27-year-old, but have been swiftly rejected.
The forward was the Championship top scorer last season with 28 goals and also provided 10 assists to his team-mates at Elland Road.
Fulham reportedly made a £5million offer for the player, as they look to bounce straight back into the top division, with other relegated sides Cardiff and Norwich also interested, but Cellino has stated that there is no reason for the club to sell their star man.
He said: “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?
“He’s a beautiful player and he’s staying at Leeds.”
Premier League return
Cellino plans to build a team capable of returning to the Premier League within the next two years and therefore isn’t willing to sell off his top talent to a rival.
The owner also called on the Leeds United support to wait and see whether Hockaday performs before criticising him for failing to bring in somebody with more experience.
The Italian likened his new manager to a watermelon, stating that nobody will know whether he has made the right decision until they actually see him in action.
He concluded: “Coaches are like watermelons, you only know [how good it is] when you open it.”