Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers: Youngsters are not for sale

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers insists that Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram will not be sold in the summer transfer window.

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that the club are determined to keep hold of their key young players in the summer transfer window.

Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram are four of the top youngsters on the books of Leeds at the moment.

As with every club in the Championship, Premier League teams could come for the Whites’ top players in the summer transfer transfer, but Umbers insists that they are not looking to sell their key assets.

“Leeds United do not want to lose any of these young players,” he told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “Leeds United will not lose any of these young players.”

When asked if contracts have been offered to the aforementioned four players, Umbers said: “We’re in the process of working through player contracts for all of our first-team squad and also our scholars. I can only tell you that it’s going to be a very positive message.”

Umbers seems insistent on making the point clear that none of Leeds’s top young players are for sale, and this is good news for the fans.

The likes of Mowatt and Cook have proved themselves to be of supreme quality with their impressive performances this season.

While at the moment it seems that Leeds are not willing to sell their top young players, things could change if Premier League clubs come with good offers.

Earlier this month, Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds that “it’d be a disaster to sell the young lads”.

The Englishman added: “All the stuff that has been said to me by the owner and the chairman throughout the season is that the kids are not for sale. I have to take them at their word.”

The Championship is a very competitive league, and the way that some of the younger players of Leeds have performed will surely have attracted the attention of Premier League clubs.

The temptation to play in the top flight of English football could be too much for some of them to resist, and it will be interesting to see how the Leeds bosses convince them to remain at Elland Road.

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