Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United will not be selling any of their top stars this summer – even if the “Big-Six” come calling.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong Whites fan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, boldly stated the likes of Raphinha and Pascal Struijk would be kept onboard regardless of the money offered.
Football Insider first revealed earlier this month the Brazilian winger has caught the eye of Liverpool during his first season in England.
Meanwhile, De Telegraaf claim Leicester City and Napoli have enquired about a potential move for Struijk, 21, this summer.
Whelan heralded the Leeds pair for their performances and insisted there was no chance either would be leaving at the end of the season.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Take it from me, Leeds United won’t sell any players. They won’t sell Struijk, they won’t sell Raphinha.
“We’re not a team that’s desperate, we’re not a club that’s desperate. We’re in a really good healthy position with a good chairman and we’re building a side here.
“It’s not a side that we’re going to take apart after one year. This is a side that’s going to be together for four to five years, I’m very sure of that.
“That’s the plan in progress and the long term future for Leeds United. We don’t delve into the market to bring someone in for one season.
“You don’t go into the market to bring young players in who have got that potential where you’re going to be using for four or five years.
“You can have your big-six, they can come in for whatever player they want, home or abroad. We’re not selling any of our best players.
“If anything, we’re only going to strengthen and be a better side next year because of the players.
“It’s great Struijk’s getting the accolades, he’s playing excellently well. He’s stepped up to the plate and taking responsibility on his shoulders and he’s getting all the rewards he deserves.”