Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler says Sam Byram is going nowhere and opens up about his role in transfer negotiations

Uwe Rosler

The German says that he has been given no indication that Byram is going to be leaving soon.

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has made it clear that Sam Byram will be going nowhere this month as rumours of a move to Newcastle United emerged this morning. It was being reported that Leeds were going to offer Byram an extension to his contract to fight off a bid from Newcastle – with Everton and Sunderland also said to be keen on the player.

However, Rosler does not know where these reports came from and slammed the door shut on the suggestion Byram could leave yet again.

He is quoted by the Yorkshire Post as stating:

"Nothing has changed.

"Yesterday I travelled back from (watching Bristol City at) Luton and had a long travel back and very much a chance to speak to our owner (Cellino).

"We talked for a long time and not once the name Sam Byram was mentioned.

"That tells me and indicates to me that nothing has changed since two months ago, since six weeks ago, since three days ago and that was what I am telling you.

"The chairman always gave me an indication - and I've said it now so many times - that he would try to keep this young group of players and build a future around them for this football club.

"That is Sam, and not only Sam but a number of players.”

It would appear then that Byram, who is currently operating on the right-hand side of midfield, will not be going anywhere soon.

Rosler then went on to discuss his role in the purchasing and selling of players. He seems to be happy with the fact he does not have to be so hands on with transfer negotiations and the like – which makes him perfect for the Leeds job:

"What I really enjoy is that my position here now at Leeds is I am head coach and my responsibility is not what it was at Wigan for example.

"It's not about speaking to agents and negotiating contracts - that is not my job anymore.

"My job is clear and simplified - with key members of staff and first team players and in Sam's case I will be informed or asked when things and cases are prepared.

"I honestly don't know if Adam Pearson has spoken to agent X, has Mr Cellino spoken to agent C? Honestly, I can't answer that."

Rosler therefore seems content with how the squad is being built and that Byram will be going nowhere.

But with his contract running out at the end of the season, Rosler and Leeds fans will be hoping a new deal is not so far away.

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