Leeds winger Willy Gnonto requests exclusion from Carabao Cup lineup as he pursues a transfer opportunity.

Leeds winger Willy Gnonto asks to be LEFT OUT of squad for Carabao Cup tie as he seeks a move away from Elland Road – but the Championship remain adamant they don’t want to sell.


Leeds United winger Willy Gnonto was left out of their line-up to face Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as he seeks a move away

Willy Gnonto absent from. Capabaro cup
Willy Gnonto


Mail Sport understands that Gnonto asked not to be considered for the First Round North tie as he wants the club to consider letting him go before the window closes.

Leeds have been steadfast in their response to interested parties saying they don’t wish to sell the Italy international who has four years left on contract after signing last September from Zurich.

He made a big impact during a difficult season that saw Leeds relegated and has attracted a number of enquiries with the likes of Burnley, Freiburg, Inter Milan and Everton all interested.

Leeds have allowed a number of players to leave owing to relegation clauses and more are expected to go. USA midfielder Tyler Adams is being lined up for a £20m move to Chelsea.

Willy Gnonto absent from  line-up
Willy Gnonto

Gnonto, who played 82 minutes of Leeds’ opening Championship game against Cardiff City at the weekend, understands Leeds’ position but is growing frustrated as he wants the opportunity to speak to interested clubs and return to playing top flight football – especially with a place in Italy’s squad at stake in the European Championships at the end of the season.


Leeds, who have agreed to sign Joe Rodon from Tottenham on loan have been desperately trying to add players as they look to bounce back up at the first time of asking.

However, on Wednesday, they saw Bournemouth hijack their move for Norwich City’s Max Aarons. Leeds had a deal in place for the 23-year-old right-back who was preparing for his medical when Bournemouth stepped in with a bid of £7m plus a further £3.5m in add-ons.

Aarons has headed to Bourenmouth, keen to play Premier League football.

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