6 key players miss out on Leeds United's pre-season trip to Italy

Six players including Ross McCormack have been left behind whilst the rest of the squad undergo some training in Italy.

Yesterday the Leeds United squad departed for a two-week training camp in Santa Cristini as new manager Dave Hockaday gets the first chance to have a look at his squad in action. However not every player currently available to him has made the trip to Italy.

Six members of the first-team squad been left behind and as a result youth players Lewis Cook, Jake Skelton, Chris Dawson and Lewis Walters have travelled.

Speculation has been rife over the future of last season' star player Ross McCormack and he is one of the players to be left behind. Strong speculation is now arising that he could be set for a £10 million to Championship rivals Fulham. It would be a huge blow for Leeds if they lost a player who was so crucial for them last season, especially if he moves to another team in the same league as them. The move would be understood if he moved up to the Premier League but this is rather surprising.

£10 million is an incredible amount of money for a Championship side to spend, but Fulham manager Felix Magath wants someone with Championship experience and last year there was nobody better than McCormack.

Along with McCormack, Paddy Kenny and Marius Zaliukas have not made the trip to Italy and they are expected to move on from Elland Road too. Kenny has one more year left on his contract but after Jack Butland was brought in on loan last season, it looks as if he is no longer first choice. The 'keeper returned to training yesterday and from the looks of it he enjoyed a good summer.




Rudolph Austin could not make the pre-season trip due to administrative issues but is expected to join the party in the next few days. Two players who have stayed behind to work on their rehabilitation are injured duo Alex Mowatt and Scott Wooton.

With the transfer window now officially open, Leeds fans will be hoping to see some new arrivals in the coming weeks. If Ross McCormack does leave for £10 million then it will be interesting to see how much of that is reinvested in the side.

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