The weekend saw one of Leeds United’s top talents linked with a move to the Premier League. As reported by the Sun on Sunday [15/07/2018, page 59], Cardiff City were said to be keen on an £8 million move for England under-21 midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.
It was a move that would have left Leeds fans livid. Whilst Vieira did not have a great season last term he is still a hot prospect for the future.
But Leeds fans can, it seems, rest easy. Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock, a former Leeds manager with a rather low opinion poll at Elland Road, has confirmed his club are not interested in signing Vieira this summer.
“We’ve been linked quite a few times with him and from about four different agents I think, so I don’t know which one of them put it in the press!
“When I read a couple of things in the papers, I think ‘have I not said no about this player before?'”
This development from Warnock is great news for Leeds. Not because they are not making a bid, but because it would have been hard to turn down for the talented midfielder.
If Cardiff were keen, there is every chance Vieira would have pushed for a move.
As has been seen in the past, Leeds youngsters are not always prepared to wait for a chance in the top-flight.
Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook have all forced moves to the Premier League in recent memory and Vieira might have been the same if there was genuine interest.
Now it seems there isn’t, the 20-year-old can hopefully thrive under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018-19.