Evans claims Leeds United have turned down two offers for Bellusci; says defender is a big part of his plans

Elland Road pitchside

The Leeds United manager clearly sees the defender as a big part of his plans.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about his centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a permanent exit from Elland Road this month, with a recent report from Italian website GianlucaDiMarzio.com claiming Leeds owner Massimo Cellino wanted £4million for the player.

But now Evans has suggested Bellusci will be going nowhere if he has his way, saying he is a huge part of his plans, at least for the rest of the current campaign.

Speaking to the YEP, Evans said, “I don’t get involved in the values but I know the football club did turn down two offers from overseas for Peppe.

“From that perspective, either the value has not been reached or he is a part of the plans. He’s certainly a big part of my plans from a football perspective.”

Bellusci has featured 14 times for Leeds this season and could well be involved when the Whites welcome Rotherham United to Elland Road for the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

He has spent the last two games as an unused substitute but prior to that he played every single minute of Leeds’ previous nine matches, and with only Liam Cooper and Sol Bamba as the club’s other senior centre-backs – at least for now – a Bellusci exit seems highly unlikely.

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