RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City can forget a move for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack
10:50 20 June 2014
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Norwich City and any other potential Championship suitors can forget a summer transfer move for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, warns Whites’ owner Massimo Cellino.
The Italian will not sanction a move for the Scottish international to a potential rival, who was the subject of a reported £5m bid from Fulham last week and has also been linked with the Canaries.
McCormack is contracted to Elland Road until 2017 and Cellino is prepared to keep last season’s Championship top scorer out of the clutches of any other second tier club.
“He’s a talented player so I couldn’t tell him no, stay at Leeds,” Cellino said. “If he gets an offer from a big team then we should give him the chance to go. But the teams who’ve asked for McCormack are from the Championship. Why should I sell McCormack? We are not desperate to sell him so why should we? If I needed money, I would tell you frankly - I need money, I have to sell, I’m not ashamed. McCormack is a matter of principle, not money. He’s a beautiful player and he’s staying at Leeds.
“I’ll make him keep his word with the fans. He’s signed a contract and he wants to stay, he said that publicly. He says he loves Leeds. McCormack is a Leo, like my star sign - a leader and a winner who knows the responsibilities. We expect from him the same work next season but not same manner of goals. He played for Leeds with his heart last year, that’s what we want from him. We don’t want him to carry the weight of his team on his shoulders. He played for three players last season.”