Steve Evans explains why Sam Byram has rejected latest Leeds United contract offer, not financial reasons

Elland Road East Stand

The right-back looks increasingly likely to leave Leeds in the summer.

Leeds United downed local rivals Hull City at Elland Road today, beating the promotion hopefuls 2-1 in a thrilling affair.

Goals from Chris Wood and Tom Adeyemi did the trick for Leeds, bringing to an end a difficult week for the club.

First there was the 'pie-tax' then the reports Massimo Cellino putting the whole team up for sale and meddling in tactics - two accusations from the press that riled up manager Steve Evans.

Then, on Saturday morning, it became clear that Sam Byram had rejected the latest contract offer from Leeds United.

He is out of contract in the summer and has fallen foul of owner Cellino once already during the negotiation process.

Previously he rejected a deal because of financial reasons but Leeds manager Steve Evans has now revealed a different reason behind the latest rejection when speaking to BBC Leeds:

"My understanding with Sam is that he's turned it down on the basis that he wants to be in the team regularly and playing football.

"He's been made what I think is more than a fair offer.

"The young man wants to play football. He has to demonstrate that he wants to be there."

Byram came on during today's game but has been on the bench recently after a dip in form. However the fans are still clearly behind the right-sided player who got a very warm reception when entering the fray today.

Where this leaves Byram in regards to his Leeds future remains to be seen, but it seems he will need to push into the first-team once again if he is to sign a new deal.

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