Leeds dismiss Gradel reports

22 July 2011 08:55
eeds manager Simon Grayson has denied reports that winger Max Gradel has submitted a transfer request, after he was linked with West Ham.[LNB] The Ivorian winger has been linked with a summer move away from Elland Road as he has only one year left on his contract.[LNB]Championship rivals West Ham tabled a bid for the 23-year-old, although that move was swiftly rebuffed by Leeds' hierarchy.[LNB]Gradel scored Leeds' midweek winner against Rochdale and Grayson insists the winger is focused on giving his best for the club.[LNB]United's manager insists Gradel has not submitted a transfer request, nor has he indicated that he would like to move on.[LNB]"I don't know where people get this stuff from," Grayson told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "There's been no written transfer request and no unrest from him.[LNB]"You've seen from his performances in pre-season that he's focused on what he needs to do, and we don't want him to leave.[LNB]"People are out there to cause a bit of trouble and unsettle players but I spoke to Max about the situation and told him to focus on his football. That's all he wants to do.[LNB]"The only people who matter in this is myself, the chairman (Ken Bates) and Max Gradel."

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