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Report: £24m star now told by club he's not leaving, after rumours that Leeds could launch bid for him

The latest from ESPN suggests that Leeds target Sergino Dest is not joining the Whites when the summer transfer window opens.

Leeds have been linked with the American defender, amid the uncertainty at Barcelona surrounding their financial situation.

Many of their players have been up for sale because of the money issues at the club, and it seemed that Dest was waiting to hear his fate.

It was recently reported that Dest did not want to give up easily on his Barcelona dream and the report says they do not want to lose him this summer either.

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Their report reads: “Dest has managed to turn his situation around at Barcelona and is now likely to stay at the club beyond the summer, sources confirmed.

Barca were open to offers for Dest during the January transfer window following the signing of Dani Alves, with coach Xavi unconvinced by the former Ajax right-back at first.

However, Dest, who always wanted to stay at Barca, has managed to change Xavi’s mind through working hard in training and performing when being given a chance.

Dest begun to re-establish himself as the first choice right-back before sustaining a hamstring injury in March. Barca remain open to offers for most of their squad if the money is right, but sources told ESPN that Dest has been informed he remains part of their long-term plans as planning for the new campaign gets underway.”

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Of course, the problem for Barcelona is that the players they least want to get rid of are the young ones with huge potential but they are also the most saleable assets.

£24 million man (BBC) falls into that category and it is easy to see why Jesse Marsch would be interested in bringing his countryman to Elland Road.

It seems that Leeds will need to look elsewhere because Dest will not be joining them as it stands, but at least they know early and can plan accordingly.

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