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Wilfried Gnonto makes himself unavailable to face Birmingham as Leeds confirm Everton target’s future

Championship outfit Leeds United have, on Friday, issued a statement, confirming the future of in-demand attacker Wilfried Gnonto.

For those not aware, the name of wide-man Gnonto has taken its place centre stage in the headlines in west Yorkshire across the summer to date.

This comes amid widespread interest in the signature of the Italian international.

Daniel Farke’s Leeds squad has of course been raided across the summer to date, with the likes of Rodrigo, Robin Koch, Maximilian Wober, Brenden Aaronson and Marc Roca having been granted exits.

In turn, the assumption was that, in the case of a reasonable inquest arriving for Gnonto, he too would be granted a departure.

This, however, has since proven to be far from the case.

Such a stance has left Gnonto bemused, with the 19-year-old having made himself unavailable for selection across the early weeks of the campaign.

Ahead of the club’s weekend meeting with Birmingham City, the powers that be at Leeds have therefore felt it necessary to release a statement, clarifying Gnonto’s situation at the club.

After first reiterating that the former Inter Milan talent will ‘not be sold this summer’, the Whites also revealed that Gnonto has informed boss Farke that he ‘still does not feel able to play’:

“Earlier this week, Willy Gnonto and his representatives were informed by the club that he would not be sold this summer.

“Following those conversations, Willy felt he was unable to play in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town.

“Despite training for the last two days, Willy has informed Daniel Farke that he still does not feel able to play this weekend and has not travelled to Birmingham for the game tomorrow.

“This is now an internal disciplinary matter and the club will make no further comment, other than to reiterate that Willy is not for sale.”

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