Transfer news: Ross McCormack happy to remain at Leeds after Cardiff bid
Ross McCormack has confirmed he was the subject of a bid from Cardiff City, but insists he is committed to Leeds United.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 10:54am
Deadline day saw United manager Brian McDermott controversially sacked ahead of a proposed takeover from Massimo Cellino, with the club also rejecting a £4m bid from the Bluebirds for McCormack.
With McDermott immediately reinstated as manager, the 27-year-old striker has exclusively told Sky Sports that he hopes to grow in his role as captain and insists that a move to Wales was never a possibility.
"To be honest, (a move away) wasn't that close at all. Cardiff made a bid for me and the club turned it down," he said.
"There were a few more bids made for me, but the club said I wasn't for sale at any price. You have got to respect the decision, get your head down and get on with it."
Following the announcement at the weekend that the 52-year-old McDermott was to return as manager, the Scotland international has reiterated his desire to remain at Elland Road.
"I think I showed where my commitment lies on deadline day when I found out the manager got sacked," he said.
"I could have handed in a transfer request and forced through a move to Cardiff but I didn't do that, because I'm happy to be at Leeds United.
"I love being at the club but that's the industry we're in. Managers change but the football club stays."
Leeds issued a statement confirming the return of McDermott midway through their impressive 5-1 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday, a win that McCormack has dedicated to his boss.
"I think we showed from our performance on Saturday that it was down to the manager," he said.
"We worked on that team all week, we worked on what we were going to do and we carried it out well, especially after the first 25-30 minutes where Huddersfield were the better team but we showed what we were about.
"We were 1-0 down and could have went under but we didn't and we all got together. At half-time, we had a nice little chat and we knew what had to be done and we went out and did it."
With the United boss' long-term future still uncertain, striker Matt Smith insists that the players will continue to perform for the club.
"As a group of players we'd have to get on with it. We're professional footballers at Leeds United and we'll continue to conduct ourselves in the most professional manner and try and help the club as much as we can, that's the most important thing," he said.
"It's no secret that the players love playing for Brian McDermott but at the same time I love being a professional footballer for Leeds United. It's a massive club, I'm enjoying every minute and I know in myself that I'm improving.
"I know there's more to come from me and I'm enjoying every minute of being a Leeds United player."