'You never know': PL ace deemed 'one of the best' in his position discusses future amid Leeds links
Reported Leeds United target Sam Johnstone has left the door open on a potential move away from West Bromwich Albion.
The Daily Mail reported last month that the Whites are among the clubs who are interested in the talented Baggies goalkeeper.
However, Leeds apparently have competition from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Johnstone has enjoyed a fine debut Premier League campaign, standing out for West Brom.
Despite the Baggies’ relegation, the 28-year-old made over 150 saves – more than any other goalkeeper in the top flight.
Johnstone’s quality has been recognised with a spot in Gareth Southgate’s provisional England team.
Speaking to the i, the stopper said he’s focusing on international duty first and foremost, with Euro 2020 on the horizon.
And as far as a move is concerned, Johnstone stresses that the situation is in West Brom’s hands.
“I’m still a West Brom player and I’m just looking forward to going away with England, working hard and being proud of the moment,” he said.
“I know there has been a lot of talk about my future but it’s in West Brom’s hands rather than mine so I’ll just put it to the back of my head.
“You never know what can happen in football because it’s a crazy world where things can change quickly.
“I’ve still got a year left on my contract at West Brom so, as things stands, I’ll be going back there for pre-season.”
Johnstone is such a talented player that he’s reportedly valued at £20million despite being on the books of a relegated club and having just one year left on his contract.
Sam Allardyce previously told talkSPORT about him following the impressive 1-1 draw with Liverpool: “He’s one of the best.
“I think that’s pleasing to see as he’s one of the two most important people in your team.
“The goalscorer is the first and your goalkeeper is the second.
“He’s right up there at the right level and he’d already saved more shots than anybody before yesterday.”
He’s sure to be in demand and, with Leeds potentially needing competition for Illan Meslier, he’d be a great shout for the Elland Road outfit.
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