Leeds United have confirmed Rodolph Austin is going nowhere amid strong rumours that he would be joining Wigan Athletic.
Austin was a reported target of Wigan who were prepared to pay a fee of £500,000 for the Jamaican midfielder.
In an official club statement, Leeds said: “Chairman Andrew Umbers and the club can confirm that midfielder Rodolph Austin is not for sale and will remain a Leeds United player beyond Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
“There has been significant interest in the player and media reports over the weekend, which on Monday suggested that the club had agreed a deal for Ruby to exit Leeds, but this is not the case.”
Austin had the nickname ‘The Beast’ when he played in Norway before his time at Elland Road and his game showed why. The 27-year-old plays with his heart on his sleeve and is a true leader out on the pitch.
His leadership qualities were soon discovered and he was rewarded with the captaincy at the start of last season under Brian McDermott.
Leeds: Austin wants to stay
“The midfielder has expressed a desire to remain at the club and help Neil make the season as successful as possible. The club are delighted that Rudy wishes to remain part of the club and the midfielder reported to Thorp Arch and trained with his team-mates as normal on Monday morning,” added Leeds.
Despite having an injury hit start to his career in the Championship, Austin has gone on to make 103 appearances for Leeds since joining in the 2012/13 season.