Leeds director: Why Aston Villa and Everton target Alex Mowatt won't be sold

Leeds United

Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno says midfielder Alex Mowatt is not for sale.

Leeds United have had a long history of producing players through their youth academy, including Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Fabian Delph, all of whom have played for England.

Now, with former academy coach Neil Redfearn in charge of the first team, there is a growing emphasis on homegrown players.

Sam Bryam, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt have all become integral parts of the Leeds team, whilst Chris Dawson and Kalvin Phillips are on the fringes of the squad.

Whilst Bryam and Cook have impressed, midfielder Mowatt has been the most impressive of the trio so far, producing a number of fine displays from the left hand side of Leeds' midfield diamond.

His superb performance at Elland Road have reportedly attracted interest from Premier League sides such as Aston Villa and Everton, but Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno says Mowatt won't be leaving the club in January or any time soon, because he doesn't want to break the side up.

"There are no negotiations for Mowatt, as right now Leeds is not going to break up the team and sell the best young players," Salerno told CalcioNews24, before admitting that Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti is a top target for Leeds in January.

Knowing that the club are under no pressure to sell one of their star players is a great boost for Leeds fans, and 19-year-old Mowatt, who has been with Leeds since he was nine, has a bright future ahead of him at Elland Road - and hopefully that will involve Premier League football with the Whites, rather than having to move elsewhere as Delph did.

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