Leeds United’s Lewis Cook has said he wants to stay at the club to continue his development.

The 18-year-old midfielder has been one of Leeds’ top performers this season despite his tender age. It was no surprise then when Premier League clubs were reported to be interested in Cook in the January transfer window. But with the deadline closing on Monday night, Leeds will be happy to know that Cook will be at Elland Road until the summer.

And while some of the Premier League teams interested would have turned the head of even the most loyal of players, Cook has said that he was never interested in leaving the West Yorkshire club and instead wants to continue his development at Leeds, development he thinks could be halted if he made a move to a higher league club too early.

Talking about staying at Leeds, Cook told the club website: “I’m 18 and playing most games,”

“It’s great for me developing and I feel like I’m learning a lot. Hopefully I can push on my game a little bit further.”

“Some people make that choice to move and it doesn’t always work out for them. At the moment I feel like I’m enjoying my football.”

“Leeds are a big club as it is. I love playing for Leeds at the moment.”

“Maybe for some people the speculation might be a bit disruptive but not really for me. I just focus on my game and playing for Leeds. That’s it.”