By Russell Edge
Chris Wood has dropped a big hint that he wants to stay at Elland Road and look for promotion next season, after the club narrowly missed out on a play-off spot this campaign.
The New Zealand striker has been in imperious form this season, scoring 27 league goals on his way to securing the title of the Championship’s top striker.
He managed to reach 30 goals in all competitions with his strike in their 1-1 draw with Wigan on the final day of the season.
This impressive goal scoring record has resulted in potential suitors sniffing around for the 25-year-old striker.
Wood has been linked with the likes of West Ham, Everton and Stoke, according to Football London, with the news likely to be worrying for Leeds fans desperate for their star man to stay.
However, Wood has reassured the Elland Road faithful by confirming it is still his ambition to earn promotion with the Whites.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: “I said it when I signed, it’s a huge club
“I wanted to take them up, I was hopeful that I could have done that this year.
“We’ve got the foundations laid, we need to build ready for next season and I think that’s what we’ll do.”
Leeds look set to lose a number of their star players this summer, through a mix of loan deals ending, contracts expiring and other clubs swooping in for their top talents.
Left-back Charlie Taylor is one who looks set to leave with his contract running out in the summer, while the likes of Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez will be returning to their parent clubs after loan spells at Elland Road.
Wood however is confident that if they cannot keep hold of their star players, that Garry Monk will bring in more quality into the side in the transfer window.
“Hopefully we can do something about it and keep them here longer,” Woods told BBC Radio Yorkshire.
“If not, we have to recruit well like the manager did this season.”