McCormack intends to stay at Leeds despite Premier League interest

Ross McCormack preparing to take a penalty for Leeds United

Championship top-scorer Ross McCormack has pledged his future to Leeds United, following renewed interest from West Ham and Crystal Palace.

The Scottish striker has been the highlight in a rather disappointing season for the Yorkshire-based club, scoring 28 times in 45 appearances. His impressive form has already seen interest from the Hammers, and the Brentwood Gazette is reporting that Sam Allardyce is ready to renew his interest in the 27-year old.

Having rejected a £4 million bid in the January transfer window, McCormack has shown mixed emotions concerning a move to the Premier League, stating that a move would be 'tempting' if someone came in for him.

Following renewed interest in the Leeds captain, fans were resigning themselves to losing their key player, but comments made by McCormack suggest that he has no intentions of leaving. Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post - who awarded McCormack their Player of the Year award - the Scot expressed his happiness at Elland Road:

"I've had something quite special here, something I’ve never really had before. I’m comfortable and happy and that comes from knowing you’ve got a manager in place who believes in you."

I think about the feeling of being at Elland Road on the last day of the season, winning promotion and being captain. That would surpass just playing in the Premier League for any old club, and I don’t say that lightly.”

Although he intends to aid Leeds in a promotion push next season, when pressed about his career if mid-table obscurity is all that can be achieved, McCormack made no allusions towards his future:

"There’s no point in me sitting here saying that I don’t want to play in the Premier League. We’ve had that [a mid-table finish] for a couple of seasons now – started well and then faded away. I don’t want another year like that. Even if you’re not going up, you want to be close. It’s no good being done and dusted by the start of April.”

The Scot was supposedly involved in the 'Mad Friday' event that new owner Massimo Cellino caused, attempting to force a move away from Leeds on Transfer Deadline Day, following the farcical sacking-then-reappointment of manager Brian McDermott. McCormack denied these rumours, stating that he had never even met Cellino until after his takeover was ratified by the Football League.

Whilst the knowledge that McCormack wants to stay must allay any fears that the Leeds United faithful may have had, it still appears that Premier League football is a few years away from gracing the pitch at Elland Road. If next season does follow the path that this one has taken, there is no doubt that the Scot will seek fresher - and greener - pastures.

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