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.