Christiansen makes Leeds striker transfer admission, compares with Neymar situation
By Danny Wright
Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen has admitted that Chris Wood could potentially leave Elland Road in the near future in light of reported interest from the Premier League.
The Sun has recently reported that Brighton are gearing up their bid to land the 25-year-old striker, but Christiansen has made it clear that he wants him to be in his squad for the duration of the Championship season.
However the Elland Road boss has confessed that a potential transfer for Wood might not be in his hands, and has compared it to Neymar’s situation at Barcelona prior to his world record-breaking switch to Paris St. Germain.
When asked if Wood will be a part of his squad for the whole of the season, Christiansen was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “Yes of course. He’s our player. There’s only one thing that I know 100 per cent and that is that we will all pass away.
“But in football nothing is guaranteed. In Neymar, you believe you have a player for many years, you renew (his contract), he takes a lot of money in the negotiation and after a short time you break it, because you can break it.
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“Who would have said that someone would pay so much money? So in the case of Chris Wood, he will stay and I want him to stay, but you never know.”
Wood scored 30 goals across all competitions for Leeds last season and the Mirror have now reported that the Yorkshire giants have slapped a £20million price-tag on his head.
The New Zealand international will be hoping to help the Whites get off to a good start in their 2017/18 Championship campaign on Sunday when newly-promoted Bolton play host to Christiansen’s men.
The Danish manager will be making his competitive English managerial debut at the Marcon Stadium and he will also be likely to name a number of new signings in his first line-up.
In other Leeds news, five summer signings are expected to start for the Whites against Bolton on Sunday.