By Coral Barry

Lewis Cook has allayed fears he is looking to exit Leeds by revealing he is excited to get started under new manager Garry Monk.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to greener pastures this summer but has insisted his immediate future is with Leeds.

Cook is due to return late to pre-season because of international duty with the England Under-19s but says he thinks Monk can help Leeds challenge for promotion next season.

“It excites you,” said Cook speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.  “I know he wants us to score a lot of goals, create a lot of opportunities and play exciting football.

“It should be fun for us and fun for the fans.

“I think we’ve got a really good squad at Leeds which should be higher in the table and pushing for promotion.

“Hopefully with the right guidance and the right attitude we can push to get there.”

Cook is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road and has so far yet to sign a contract extension, although Monk has confirmed tying the youngster down to a fresh deal is a main priority.

Owner Massimo Cellino has spoken of his confidence that Cook will sign an extension to his current contract, which is due to expire next June.

Leeds finished 13th in the Championship this season, but spent a sizeable part of the campaign in a relegation scrap.

Monk was brought in to replace Steve Evans and becomes the seventh manager to be appointed by Cellino since 2014.

Before Cook can return to Elland Road he will compete in the European Under-19 Championships in Germany having been a key member of their side that clinched qualification.

In other Leeds news, the Whites are set to tie down this midfielder to a three-year deal after breakthrough talks.