Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder addresses Billy Sharp's future amidst rumours of a Leeds United return

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has addressed Billy Sharp's future amidst rumours of a return to the striker’s former club, Leeds United.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 10:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 1:04 pm

Sharp has found first-team opportunities limited for the Blades this season, although he did come off the bench – and hit the post – in his boyhood club’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

Sharp was linked with a return to Leeds United in the national media this week.

But Blades boss Wilder, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s trip to Anfield to face champions-elect Liverpool, insisted any conversation about his future would be a short one.

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Billy Sharp of Sheffield United directs a header that hits the post during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“There are hundreds of reports linking people everywhere,” Wilder said.

“Billy’s a fantastic player, he doesn’t want to go anywhere and I don’t want him to go anywhere.

“So as far as I’m concerned that’s the end of the conversation with him.”