The Scottish star, who shouldered the burden of securing Leeds' Championship survival, has been in the press for a many weeks, with a number of Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested in his signature.
After West Ham United and Cardiff City reportedly attempted to secure his services following the clubs' takeover by Massimo Cellino, the 28-goal striker announced his intention to stay at Elland Road and help the club in their return to the Premier League.
However, according to the Daily Star La Liga side Malaga look set to offer Leeds £6million for McCormack, and, although the 27-year old once again reiterated his intention to stay with his current employers, he is wary that his future is constantly diminishing as he nears his 30th birthday.
McCormack said: "It can’t be the season after. It’s got to be next season. You can’t have a club like this again.
“Four years I’ve been here now and, apart from the first year when we finished seventh, we haven’t been challenging.
“You’ve got to be in the mix. You can’t say ‘oh, we’ll wait for another season’ because what happens at the end of next season?
“Leeds United deserve to be in the Premier League and the only people who can affect that are the players and the owner.
“He has to do everything in his power to get us challenging.
“I can’t really afford to wait. I’m 28. I’ll be 29 by the time we get there if we do it next season. By that time, your best years are probably behind you in a sense. I’m hoping to be challenging with this club next year. If not promoted, then right in the mix with a good chance.”
While fans will appreciate the words of their club captain, as they search for a return to the top-flight, many know that an offer of £6million may be too good to turn down, especially with the debts that need clearing by new club owner Cellino.
The business could potentially be a promising move for both player and club, with McCormack able to spend his prime years in a quality league, and with Cellino able to reinvest any profit into a new squad able to challenge for promotion back to the English top flight.