BRADLEY JOHNSON admits he wants to make history and help Leeds United back to the top-flight – after revealing he is keen to resolve his future and remain at the club.
It’s rapidly approaching decision time for the 24-year-old, whose current deal expires next month after a stand-out 2010-11 for United, with several clubs rumoured to be circling for his signature.
Leeds have revealed they remain in dialogue with the representatives of Johnson – transfer-listed in November after rejecting a new three-year deal – and fellow midfielder Neil Kilkenny, with both eligible to leave at the end of next month on a free transfer when their contracts end.
Boss Simon Grayson says he would like to keep them both, although it remains to be seen how much room for manoeuvre there is between the club, players and their representatives, with Grayson stating at the weekend that United won’t be breaking the bank to keep any player this summer.
Despite attracting reported Premiership interest from the likes of Wigan, Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers, Johnson, in an ideal world, wants to remain with United.
Johnson told the YEP: “We said we’d wait until the end of the season and now it’s here, so hopefully we’ll be in talks during the week.
“I’d like to stay. I love the club; but it’s taken this long to agree something and obviously other clubs are interested, so it’s up in the air.
“It’s every kid’s dream to play in the Premiership and if I get the opportunity, it’s going to be a hard decision for me because I love the club (Leeds) and I want to be here.
“Then again, I wanted to be here and sign at the beginning of the season and it (talks) broke down. The way it went
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for playing me. They didn’t have to play me, under the circumstances (after being transfer-listed), but they did.”
The Londoner added: “I’ve been here three years and it’s been the best time of my career. I’ve enjoyed my football and living in Leeds and everything about Leeds.
“Getting them promoted from League One was my aim and getting them out of the Championship is my ambition now and I want to make history at this club and be in the team that does it.”
On Johnson, Grayson said: “I’d like to keep him. He’s done well and is a young boy who can get better. He knows what he needs to do, but we’re working within a budget at this football club.”