By Derek Smithson

Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta has explained that he cannot guarantee that Chris Wood will be at the club next season.

The 25-year-old has become a crucial player for the Whites since his arrival from Leicester in 2015 and played a major role in their success last season.

The Yorkshire giants secured a seventh-placed finish in the Championship as they just missed out on the play-off places, with prolific striker Wood helping them compete at the top-end of the table.

He made 48 appearances across all competitions and scored a sensational 30 goals in return.

Orta was discussing the potential futures of Leeds stars and revealed that he expects Wood to remain at Elland Road, but couldn’t give a 100 per cent guarantee that he would.

The Whites fans will be concerned about the lack of clarity from Orta and will be desperate to tie down the future of their talisman.

“I hope but in football no-one can say 100%. I read that Chris is happy with the manager,” Orta said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

New Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen will begin assessing his squad ahead of next season and knows that he has a proven goalscorer already at his disposal.

Wood was the Championship golden boot winner last season for his 27 league goals and is beginning to reach the peak of his career.

The New Zealand international has finally settled at a club and gained regular first-team action, but there is a concern that he could be targeted for a big-money move away.

In other Leeds transfer news, they have received several Premier League enquires for their teenager.

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