Quick links


Lewis Cook loves playing for Leeds United

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook was linked heavily with Bournemouth throughout the January transfer window.

Lewis Cook has insisted to Leeds United’s official site that speculation over his future in the January transfer window did not turn his head.

The Yorkshire Evening Post suggested that Bournemouth were trying to force through a deal for the 18-year-old.

However, Cook insists that despite the media reports he had no intention of leaving Elland Road - as he is loving playing for the Whites.

“I’m 18 and playing most games,” he said.

"It’s great for me developing and I feel like I’m learning a lot. Hopefully I can push on my game a little bit further. “Some people make that choice to move and it doesn’t always work out for them.

"At the moment I feel like I’m enjoying my football. Leeds are a big club as it is. I love playing for Leeds at the moment.

“Maybe for some people the speculation might be a bit disruptive but not really for me. I just focus on my game and playing for Leeds. That’s it.”

Cook broke through at Leeds last season, winning regular plaudits for his performances, and he has played a key role in the first team ever since, with his efforts on the pitch belying his tender years.

The England youth international has now made 63 Championship appearances for the Yorkshire side, making him remarkably experienced for his age and potentially a key figure for the Elland Road side moving forwards.

Despite Cook’s recent commitment, Leeds could face a fight to keep hold of the youngster in the summer.

The Daily Star has run reports suggesting that the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all tracking his progress, and Leeds’ resolve could be tested if any of the Premier League giants choose to make an offer.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch