Steve Evans not concerned with talk of Liam Bridcutt returning to Brighton in January

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The Leeds United boss is not worrying about the future of his Sunderland loanee.

Last month, after weeks of negotiating, Leeds United and Steve Evans finally got their man when Liam Bridcutt headed to Elland Road on loan from Sunderland.

The midfield maestro could not buy a game at Sunderland under new boss Sam Allardyce or previous gaffer Dick Advocaat after the man that signed him, former Brighton manager Gus Poyet, was relieved of his duties on Wearside.

Bridcutt was outstanding in the win against Hull City at the weekend, earning the man-of-the-match award for his performance. That has unfortunately seen interest in his services grow.

It was reported on the television yesterday that Brighton were still keen on bringing the player back to the club in January.

However the Leeds boss Evans is not worrying himself about the reports.

He is quoted by LUTV as stating:

"No (I'm not concerned). Because I know where there's another Bridcutt.

"You know media and agents get together and suddenly your two twos make 107. That's what happens these days.

"I have always said, we have a commitment on all sides for Liam to be extended and should somebody permanent change that we have to respect that.

"I love the kid and I am hoping that if he has a choice between Leeds and the league leaders, and it is only the fact they are top of the league that would make him choose the league leaders. For every other statistic going in the planet he would choose Leeds United."

Bridcutt is bound to be a wanted commodity in the Championship, considering he is not wanted at Sunderland and is a proven operator in the second tier.

However Leeds have won the battle for him once and will be quietly confident of doing the same again.

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