Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers has told the Daily Echo that he does not intend on leaving the Premier League club this summer, amid reported interest from Leeds United.
The 20-year-old broke into Bournemouth’s senior side towards the end of the campaign, keeping a clean sheet on his debut in an excellent 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur – before conceding five in a 5-3 defeat to Crystal Palace.
The goalkeeper’s excellent performances saw him break into the Ireland squad, but a fractured thumb prevented him from featuring for Mick McCarthy’s side against Denmark and Gibraltar.
The Irish Sun recently claimed that Leeds were rivalling newly-promoted Norwich City for Travers this summer, but the goalkeeper stated that he is keen to remain at Bournemouth and look to break into the Cherries side.
“I want to play for this club and hopefully I can do that,” said Travers. “At the end of the day it’s down to the manager and backroom staff with who they want to play. I want to have a good pre-season and get in the manager’s thoughts.”
Leeds boast Kiko Casilla as their first-choice goalkeeper, while Northern Ireland international Bailey Peacock-Farrell is looking to push his way into the starting spot above the Spain cap.
Though Travers has enormous potential and could become a Premier League goalkeeper in years to come, there is simply little point in landing the young Irishman.
That is because Leeds already boast an excellent young goalkeeper in Peacock-Farrell, as well as an experienced stopper in Casilla. Leeds need to look elsewhere in terms of recruitment.