Steve Evans comments on contract talks with Leeds United crown jewels Cook, Mowatt and Taylor

Alex Mowatt

The talented trio are into the final 18 months of their contracts.

Leeds United unfortunately lost one of their brightest talents in the transfer window this month, as Sam Byram left the club to join West Ham United.

The right-back joined The Hammers after his contract at Elland Road entered into the final six months. With that in mind Leeds fans are rightly fearful over the futures of their other crown jewels.

Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook all look good enough for top-flight football and all three are into the last 18 months of their current contracts.

Speaking to the press today Leeds United boss made it clear that the club are hoping to tie the players down to new deals and that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has rejected big bids for the players this month.

He is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as stating:

“It’s not the time during a transfer window when people are speculating to go and say we’ll do X, Y or Z with them but people are misguided if they don’t think there are (contract) conversations going on with the representatives of those players. That will take the course it takes.

“Given the size of the bids we’ve had they’d have left already at most clubs. The president’s been outstanding and kept those players. He’s confided in me about the some of the bids and I’ve thought ‘wow’.

“I sit here and not for one second do I think about of our exciting youngsters will leave this club in this window.”

Leeds also have a player in Mirco Antenucci whose contract ends at the end of this season. He has been linked with plenty of Italian clubs already this month but with Chris Wood injured it would be a shock to see him go. Evans commented on the Italian, stating to the YEP:

"We're not blessed with strikers. He was exciting the other night. But we know his situation."

While Antenucci's come and go Leeds fans will be more concerned about the future of the young trio at Elland Road - and will hope for some positive news on the contract front in the coming weeks.

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