Garry Monk: Massimo Cellino has made me this Leeds January transfer promise
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has revealed that Massimo Cellino has personally promised him that Charlie Taylor will not be sold in the January transfer window.
The Leeds manager laid out his plans for the winter window on Monday in the wake of his side’s 3-0 Championship win over Rotherham at Elland Road.
Monk explained that he is in the market for up to two new Leeds signings this month but insisted no players will be leaving the club.
This has raised eyebrows given that Leeds academy product Charlie Taylor is out of contract at the end of the season and is attracting covetous glances by the Premier League clubs.
West Brom and Crystal Palace have been most strongly linked with the 23-year-old, who could attract a fee of over £6million if he is sold this month.
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Asked if his firm stance applied to Taylor, Monk explained that owner Cellino had told him the club would not cash in on the defender this season even though he had submitted a transfer request last summer.
“It goes for every single player who’s in the squad at Leeds United right now,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Charlie’s been fantastic. Those things are out of a player’s hands. His job is to focus on football and he’s done that very well. The club went as far as making a statement (in the summer) and we had a promise between myself and the owner.
“We spoke very honestly that players weren’t to leave. Charlie’s an important player for us and I don’t envisage any changes. We’re here to add one or two.”
Leeds began the new year with a bang on Monday as a Kyle Bartley header and double from Chris Wood secured a fourth win in five Championship matches.
The Yorkshire giants consolidated their fifth position in the league, as wins for Reading and Huddersfield meant they could not continue their surge up the table.
Nevertheless, Monk’s promotion-chasing side narrowed the gap on the automatic promotion places to seven points due to Newcastle’s defeat to Blackburn.
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