By Wayne Veysey

24th Jun, 2021 | 2:03pm

McCalmont tells pals: I won't be at Leeds United next season as champions swoop

Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont has told friends he will be at a new club next season, Football Insider has learned.

The two-times Northern Ireland international has been given the green light during talks with manager Marcelo Bielsa to go out on loan again.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that McCalmont and Bielsa are agreed it is best for his development that he is playing regularly at senior level.

United will listen to offers for the 21-year-old amid the expectation that he will head to a League One club next term.

McCalmont has let it be known to those close to him that he is heading out for another season.

Third-tier sides have already registered their interest in the goalscoring midfielder, who signed a new four-year Leeds deal last summer running until 2024.

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They include last season’s League Two champions Cheltenham Town, who won promotion after topping the division.

McCalmont and Leeds believe he should be playing at a higher level next season.

This comes after a successful 2020-21 campaign at Oldham Athletic in League Two.

He showcased his talent during 31 league matches among 41 appearances in all competitions.

McCalmont got Leeds fans excited with his 15 goal contributions in all competitions, including 10 goals and five assists.

Five of his goals came in a two-month glut at the end of the season, including a long range rocket against Harrogate Town.

In other news, Leeds United are putting the finishing touches to a blizzard of new signings as big-money deals all but done.