When asked if he had any plans to sell Cook this month, Cellino said: “Not true. I'm not selling Cook. He is happy in Leeds and I'm proud of him.”
These words will do much to ease the fears that Leeds fans had this January transfer window, with the Daily Mail claiming that Cook is set to be the subject of a £5 million bid from Premier League side Bournemouth.
The Cherries are keen to bring one of the brightest talents in English football to the South Coast, with Eddie Howe having a proven reputation for developing potential talents into established stars.
However, losing Cook what be a massive blow to Leeds’ own chances of getting out of the Premier League, with them hoping for a late push for the play-offs this season.
The 18-year-old is a central part of their first-team set-up, with Steve Evans continuing to use him heavily since being appointed head coach, and his form has rightfully been earning this interest from the top flight.
However, Cellino has no desire to lose a player key to the Whites’ fortunes, and fans are hoping that he stays true to his message throughout the remainder of the transfer window.