Bristol City boss opens up about the future of reported Leeds target Callum O'Dowda

Leeds United fans celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on March 30, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United reportedly want to sign winger Callum O'Dowda from Championship rivals Bristol City this summer.

 

Callum O'Dowda of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate on March 12, 2019 in Bristol, England.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson insists he has no problem with seemingly wantaway winger Callum O’Dowda, speaking to BBC Radio Bristol (20 May, 8pm), as links with a move to Leeds United resurface.

According to The Mirror (21 May, page 49), Leeds are still very keen to bring the Republic of Ireland winger to Elland Road despite failing with a bid for his services during the January transfer window.

O’Dowda, who scored five goals for The Robins last season, would add some much needed speed to Leeds’ attack, though it remains to be seen whether the club currently coached by Marcelo Bielsa are willing to meet his £10 million price tag.

 

And, speaking to the BBC, manager Johnson has insisted that the Bristol City will not stand in the 24-year-old’s way if he really wants to leave this summer given that he has just 12 months left on his contract at Ashton Gate.

"He's a good student, good player, he's an Ireland international and he's a type we want to build around but at the same time, I'm a custodian of the job and I have to do the right thing by the team,” he said.

"If that means that we move Callum on, and he gets his dream move, then so be it. We'll reinvest and go again.

Callum O'Dowda of Bristol City celebrates scoring the first Bristol City goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on January 25,...

"He's got a contract so the options are: sell now, Callum sees his contract out and goes on a free or Callum signs a new deal, but it won't stop him anyway from going to the Premier League because Bristol City don't do that.”

Leeds obviously won’t be playing Premier League football next season after they lost to Derby in the Championship play-off semi finals but O’Dowda perhaps feels he would have a better stab at promotion by swapping Ashton Gate for Elland Road this summer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho (L) is booked for this foul on Bristol City's Irish midfielder Callum O'Dowda (R) during the English FA Cup fifth round...

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