Steve Evans has been pressed about his recent comments regarding the future of Leeds' brightest talents.
Leeds United boss Steve Evans has been speaking to the media today ahead of the club's meeting with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship at the weekend.
At a snowy Thorp Arch he spoke to the media after a tough week that started with a humbling 4-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.
One topic of discussion was the future of their three star youngsters Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor. All three are out of contract in 2017, meaning they are in the last 18 months of their contracts.
Last week Evans stated that contract talks with all three are underway - which has proved to not be the case for at least Mowatt and Cook.
He admitted today that he didn't know about any contract talks, rather he hoped that talks were underway to secure their futures, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“One hundred per cent I don’t know. They’re good players and I want to work with them and I now have to let the senior people at the club deal with their business, which is contracts...
“Maybe I’d have liked it to be true. But there’s a difference."
This week also saw Cook's future cast into doubt further. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the talented young midfielder had a release clause of just £5 million in his contract if the club did not earn promotion this season. That claim was later strongly denied by the club in an official statement.
Pressed on this matter Evans stated:
"I didn't know if there was a release clause or not. I leave that to the powers that be."
For all the gloom at Leeds the shining light remains these three impressive young talents but the fear that they will follow the Sam Byram pattern, with contract time dwindling, and depart the club is real.
Hopefully contract talks with all three can start very soon.