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Cody Drameh ‘open to the idea’ of staying at Leeds, could feature against Manchester United on Wednesday

Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh is believed to be “open to the idea” of remaining at the West Yorkshire club as speculation continues to grow surrounding his future.

That is according to YEP journalist Graham Smyth, who states that Drameh’s decision to stay or go will be heavily influenced by the pathway he is presented with at Leeds.

The 21-year-old massively impressed during his time at Luton Town last season – who he helped gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs after joining them on loan during the January transfer window this year.

Prior to this, Drameh also gained plaudits in the Championship with Cardiff City, where he won their player of the season accolade for the 2021/22 season despite only joining the Welsh club on loan in January 2022.

Yet the youngster has found his route into the first team blocked at his parent club Leeds, a frustrating situation for a player of his age and talent.

As such, speculation concerning Drameh’s future has been widespread, with many expecting that he would seek a permanent move away from West Yorkshire this transfer window in a bid to secure more game time.

Now, with a move to AS Roma for fellow right-back Rasmus Kristensen reportedly in the works, there exists an opportunity for Drameh to stake his claim for a regular spot in Daniel Farke’s starting XI.

Ensuring that the pathway remains unobstructed for Drameh to break through this season is crucial for retaining his services, writes Smyth, who also suggests that the talented youngster may be handed a start when Leeds take on arch-rivals Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in Norway this Wednesday.

“The youngster returned for pre-season last week and though his game time in recent seasons came on loan, he’s evidently open to the idea of remaining at Leeds but it will depend very much on the pathway,” Smyth wrote.

“Could easily start against Man Utd, with Ayling possibly at centre-back.”

Amid reports that Kristensen’s move to Roma has stalled, it appears important that this deal is seen through to completion if Leeds want to keep hold of Drameh for the coming season.

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