A report from today’s Mirror (page 53, May 11) claim that a number of Bundesliga clubs, and Premier League sides, want to sign Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell this summer – after he returned to Elland Road after a loan.

Cresswell, 20, spent the season on loan at Championship side Millwall along with Jamie Shackleton. He managed 30 games, with injury preventing him playing more. He scored an impressive five goals, keeping eight clean sheets.

He returns to Leeds where it had been rumoured that he only had a year left to run on his deal. Hayden Evans told the Athletic that he only has a year left on his deal – but that Leeds have performed a u-turn, and want to keep him.

But the Mirror’s report states that Leeds have two years left on Cresswell’s deal. Perhaps, the Whites have an option to extend his stay by another year. The Mirror also say a number of Bundesliga and Premier League clubs are keen.

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Bundesliga and Premier League clubs want Leeds defender Cresswell

If Leeds have any sense about them, and with potential relegation to the Championship on the cards, then keeping Cresswell is paramount. The fact he has interest in him from Premier League and Bundesliga clubs is proof of that.

His agent is much more likely to know just how long is left on his Leeds deal and if it is the case that he only has a year left, Leeds have got to hand him a new deal. Instantly. In order to stop Cresswell’s head from being turned.

The centre-back is the future of Leeds’ defence, and has all the hallmarks to become a future captain. If Leeds let him go, then it is a massive waste of talent. It probably suits Cresswell in a way, for Leeds to be relegated.

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