By Alex Stevens
Jordan Botaka has confirmed he is still at Leeds amid speculation that he is heading for a surprise exit from the club.
There were Twitter rumours on Tuesday night that Botaka was on trial at League One club Oldham in a pre-season friendly.
Leeds had already loaned another emerging winger, Lee Erwin, to the Latics after a disappointing campaign, and it was plausible that Botaka could also be heading out.
The 23-year-old, who joined from Dutch club Excelsior last summer, was on the fringes of the team in his debut Leeds campaign and made only 14 first-team appearances, just three of which were starts.
But the winger was quick to dismiss rumours that he had left, and insisted on his personal Twitter account when responding to a question from a supporter that he remains a Leeds player.
@Johnny48013909 Of course ??
— Jordan Botaka (@BotakaJordan) July 26, 2016
Botaka appears set to fight for his place at the club, with added competition this season from Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko.
He will be looking to make a good impression on new manager Garry Monk with just a year remaining on the two-year deal he signed last summed.
Botaka scored last Friday in a 4-3 comeback win over non-league Guiseley, which was his first goal in a Leeds shirt albeit in a pre-season friendly.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s signings shortlist has been revealed as Massimo Cellino’s text messages were placed in the public domain.