By Will Butcher
Massimo Cellino has claimed Charlie Taylor wants to quit Leeds but he is confident that Lewis Cook will stay.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, controversial owner Cellino declared that Taylor was not picking up his phone calls to discuss a new contract amid interest in the 22-year-old from Crystal Palace, Stoke and West Brom.
However, the Leeds chairman is confident Cook will sign a new contract, despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Bournemouth.
Both youngsters are entering the last year of their contracts, along with a third Elland Road academy graduate in Alex Mowatt.
Taylor was named the Leeds player of the year in 2015-16 for his left-back displays, while central midfielder Cook landed the coveted Football League young player of the year award.
Taylor is represented by the same agent as Sam Byram, who joined West Ham in January after contract talks broke down because of a disagreement between Cellino and the player’s representative Colin Pomford.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cellino said: “Charlie is going to be a problem, I think his agent is the same as Sam (Byram). Taylor doesn’t return the call.”
The former Cagliari owner said: “With Cook, he’s got good agents and is a nice kid. I think we are not going to have any problems.”
It remains to be seen whether Cellino wants to keep playmaker Mowatt, after he struggled last season and made many of his appearances from the bench.
In other Leeds news, manager Garry Monk wants to make this Euro 2016 star his first signing.