Leeds director of football Victor Orta responds when asked about Chris Wood's future

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Victor Orta was asked whether he was confident whether Leeds United will be able to keep Chris Wood this summer.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood

Leeds' director of football Victor Orta has issued a positive, but cautious, response when asked whether Chris Wood will remain at Elland Road beyond the summer during the press conference where Thomas Christiansen was unveiled as the club's new head coach (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

The Daily Mirror reported back in May that the £15 million-rated New Zealander - who finished the past season as the Championship's leading goalscorer with 27 strikes to his name - was being chased by a host of Premier League sides, including West Ham, Stoke and Southampton.

And with the change of management at the Yorkshire club, with Garry Monk leaving and subsequently joining Middlesbrough, some Whites fans may have feared that Wood may be tempted to seek a new challenge. 

But while Orta was unable to give a concrete answer when asked about the 25-year-old's future, he did suggest that he was optimistic that he will be a Leeds player next term.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates scoring their first goal

"I hope [so], I hope [so]. But in football, nobody can say," he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"Nobody can say 100% the player stays, but I am really happy to read a good interview with Chris Wood one week ago that he's really happy with the new manager, really happy with the club and I am really happy that he [will] stay here next season," he went on to add.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Given how influential Wood was last season - Leeds' next highest goalscorers bagged just six goals in the Championship - keeping him will surely be something that Christiansen is targeting for the coming months.

And if they manage to keep him at the club, then not only will that hand the rest of the squad a sizeable boost, but it will also send out an extremely positive message to potential targets regarding the direction the side is looking to move in. 

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