Whelan issues two-word verdict on Leeds re-signing Nketiah after £20m update

Noel Whelan has told Leeds United to reject the chance to re-sign Eddie Nketiah this summer and pursue a deal for Tammy Abraham instead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Middlesbrough forward was left fuming by the way Nketiah left Elland Road in January 2020 and for that reason would not like to see him return.

This site revealed on 5 June that Arsenal have offered the Yorkshire club the chance to sign the 22-year-old permanently for a fee of around £20million.

Nketiah was a bit-part player at the Emirates in the 2020-21 campaign and has just one year left on his contract.

He joined Leeds on loan for the 2019-20 campaign but decided to return to Arsenal in January having struggled for game time.

When asked by Football Insider if he would welcome the re-signing of Nketiah, Whelan delivered a two-word verdict: “No thanks”.

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Whelan expanded: “The way that he left the club says a lot to me about his character. He did not want to fight for his place and was not happy to earn his chance from the bench. He thought he was better than Leeds and there is no-one bigger than the side. It is as simple as that.

“The way that he kicked up a fuss to leave did not sit well with me. I get that he believes in his ability but when you sign up for something you should adhere to it.

“I do not think I would be going down that route for £20million. If I had £20million in the bag to sign a striker I would be going for Abraham over Nketiah.”

In other news, Championship club open talks to sign highly-rated Leeds youngster.