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Ruud van Nistelrooy issues clear message over reported Leeds United transfer target

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Leeds United‘s hopes of signing left-back Philipp Max from PSV Eindhoven this summer appear to have been dealt a significant blow.

That’s after the Dutch giants’ head coach, Ruud van Nistelrooy, insisted that the club will not be selling the 28-year-old this summer.

With Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas set to miss the start of the campaign through injury, and Leif Davis sold to Ipswich, Leeds are now badly in need of a left-back before the start of the season.

That is something that has seemingly led them to Max, with recent reports claiming that the Elland Road club have already made a £6.7million bid for the defender.

Now however, it seems that van Nistlerooy has no intention of letting Max go this summer, regardless of the offers that come in from the Premier League, or potentially elsewhere.

Speaking about those rumours linking Max with a move away, the former Manchester United striker was quoted by Leeds Live as saying: “There is not a hair on my head thinking about letting Max go. And the way he does it (performs), I am very satisfied with that”.

Max played the full 90 minutes of PSV’s 5-3 win over Ajax in the Johan Cruyff Shield over the weekend, and has two years remaining on his contract with his current club.

This looks as though it could be frustrating for Leeds for a number of reasons.

For starters, it appears they will now not be getting the player who was seemingly their top target in this position, meaning they may not be getting what they had been hoping for with whatever deal they do.

Meanwhile, with this deal seemingly now out of the question, it leaves the club with little time to find another left-back, with just days until the season starts.

That means it could be hard for Leeds to get one in before things get underway, making it harder for them to get an all important fast start to the campaign.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.