Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he can understand the point of view of Robert Snodgrass and why he is waiting to see what happens in the transfer market before committing his future to Leeds.
Snodgrass has been offered a new deal at Elland Road that would make him the highest paid player at the club and Warnock has asked the club captain to commit himself for just one year as he aims for a record breaking eighth promotion in the Football League.
Warnock can understand though why Snodgrass is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal until the club show their ambitions for next season.
Speaking on Radio Leeds Warnock said, “I want to keep Snodgrass and he knows what I think about him. I do not blame him at the moment. He is waiting to see how ambitious the club is.
“When I spoke to him, he mentioned that twelve months ago it was Gradel, Johnson, Howson and me and now he is the only one left.
“I can understand where he is coming from so I can see both points of view.
“I cannot do anymore. He is going to wait and see whom we sign and what situation develops. I think that is the only thing that we can do.
“I have said to him, sign another year and at the end of the season or at Christmas, if we have no chance of going up then I will sell you then. If not, it will be the end of the season and I will get him fixed up myself.”
Robert Snodgrass spoke on Tuesday in an interview for the Scotsman newspaper and he said after so many empty promises in the past he is more reluctant to commit himself to a new deal until he sees what happens at the club over the summer. Speaking in the Scotsman, Snodgrass said, “I`d love to get into the Premier League. I would love it to happen with Leeds United. To lead Leeds United back into the Premier League would be a dream come true. The place would be absolutely buzzing. So there are different things for me to think about right now.
“I could have maybe done that last year – jumped ship and tried to force Leeds to sell me. But I was happy, because we were so close to going up the season before. I thought, with different players coming into the club, we could maybe progress into the Premier League. But it was a disappointing season we`ve just had, really. It didn`t really pay off.
“So the next decision for me is vital. But it`s not just about me, it`s about my family and making the right decision for them. Before, it was always just about me and football, going out to enjoy it. But that`s not the case now.
“”He`s already said he won`t be sticking around as manager for much longer,” said Snodgrass. “Who knows whether he`s got one or two more years left at Leeds? If it`s one year, and I don`t sign the contract, then I`ll be free next year. If I do sign, I`d have another year left and be in the same situation I am now.
“So it`s alright for him to say he could get me a move, but if he leaves, then the people up above him in the football club are not going to worry about what he said. My future doesn`t lie in the hands of Neil Warnock, it`s in the hands of Robert Snodgrass.”
Warnock is set to go away on his summer holiday this Friday and so far, he has brought in just Jason Pearce from Portsmouth.
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