Report: Leeds star Lewis Cook responds to transfer speculation; insists he's happy at Elland Road

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The 18-year-old has been linked with several Premier League clubs since his emergence into the Leeds side.

Leeds United star Lewis Cook has responded to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League by insisting he is happy at Elland Road, Sky Sports reports.

Sky Sports reports that Manchester United, Liverpool and Bournemouth are all interested in the talented 18-year-old, but Cook explained that he would rather be playing a key role for the Whites than being left in a top flight team's under-21 side.

"I'm playing my football at Leeds at the moment so I'm enjoying my time here," he said. "We're doing well so we'll see what happens in the future.

"I just try not to read anything. Nothing's happened so I can't really comment on it, I'm just enjoying playing for Leeds.

"It's great for me [to be playing in the Championship] personally. It's much better than playing in the U21s somewhere.

"Playing a lot of games in the Championship at a really intense level is competitive, really good for me, and can improve you as a player."

With Cook's swift rise from academy prospect to first-team regular, it is hardly a surprise that teams at the highest level are keeping a keen eye on his progress. He has already made over 50 Championship appearances for the club, but is clearly still young enough to make vast improvements in the future.

While he is happy at Leeds currently, there is little question that should Steve Evans' side continue to struggle in the second tier, it would be in Cook's best interests to seek a move elsewhere. 

However, the biggest challenge facing the youngster could be deciding when the best time to move on actually is. As he alluded to, moving now may see him restricted to the occasional substitute appearance for the first-team, with most of his football being played in the reserves.

It is only a matter of time, it seems, until Cook is playing in the Premier League. But judging by his comments, he is looking forward to continuing his development at Elland Road, and perhaps, achieving his top flight aspirations with Leeds themselves.

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