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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino keen to keep Derby County target Ross McCormack

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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LEEDS United owner Massimo Cellino has vowed to keep star striker Ross McCormack at the club.

McCormack has been widely linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, with Derby County among the interested parties.

But Cellino, who unveiled former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday first-team coach yesterday, insists he will fight to keep hold of his most prize asset.

The Italian said: “We are not desperate to sell, so why should I sell McCormack?

“He’s promised to stay. He loves it here.”

Cellino did admit, though, that he would not stand in the Scotland international’s way should a Premier League club come in for him.

“If a Premier League team comes, we have to give him the chance but he has a contract,” he said. “He belongs to Leeds and I pledge to keep him.”

Last season, 27-year-old McCormack hit 29 goals for Leeds, who are reported to value the player at £7m.

He is also said to be wanted by Norwich City, Fulham, Newcastle United and former club Cardiff City.

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