Blackwell in Healy vow
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell has denied receiving any bids for David Healy.
Championship rivals Sheffield United had reportedly made an offer for the Northern Ireland international last week as Neil Warnock looks to strengthen his attack.
Healy has been left out of the starting line-up for Leeds' last two matches but Blackwell insists this is not as a result of the transfer speculation.
Blackwell is adamant Healy has a key role to play at Elland Road this season and he does not want to let the 26-year-old go.
"There is nothing to clarify about David Healy, I have had no bid for him and he's not going anywhere," Blackwell told the club's official website.
"I made a decision to leave him out on the strength of him playing international football last week. We talked about it and it was my decision to do that."
Leeds have made an encouraging start to the new campaign and Blackwell feels he is now in a position where he can prevent other clubs from pillaging his squad.
He added: "We have had a lot of clubs very interested in Leeds United players and that tells us we are on the right lines.
"I have had good offers for five players at the football club that could have gone by now - two from Premiership clubs and a couple from The Championship - and that shows the level of the players we have reached here now."