John Lundstram to leave Blades as Chris Wilder admits midfielder rejected new deal

Max Mathews October 29, 2020
John Lundstram to leave Blades as Chris Wilder admits midfielder rejected new deal
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John Lundstram looks likely to leave Sheffield United after manager Chris Wilder told Yorkshire Live the midfielder had turned down a new contract.

Lundstram’s present deal finishes at the end of the 2020/21 season. Although the Blades were keen to extend his deal, he has reportedly rejected several improved offers.

The former England U20 international, who has scored in all four of England’s top divisions, is set to leave for a fee in January or on a free at the end of the campaign.

And Wilder expressed his frustration at the decision.

Chris Wilder: Lundstram should have signed

He said: “We have got to respect John’s decision. We’ve offered him an attractive contract up there with the best players at the club. But (Lundstram) and his agent have decided he doesn’t want to sign it.

“He’s still a Sheffield United player and still available for selection. Should I side with those (players committed to us) or behind a player that doesn’t want to sign?

“If John does play, he will want to do his best. I wouldn’t select him if I didn’t think that.

“I am very disappointed. Cards on the table, he should have signed that improved contract. But him and his agent want to maybe negotiate elsewhere. That’s where it’s at.”

Decision could spark Premier League bids

With Sheffield United forced to listen to offers for Lundstram, Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Burnley are reportedly interested. So are Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

The Everton youth product scored five goals from midfield last season. He impressed with his driving runs and dynamism in a side that finished ninth after getting promoted from the Championship.

But with imposing midfielder Sander Berge and Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu performing well in the Blades engine room, Lundstram could see his playing time at Bramall Lane cut short.

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Max Mathews is a Gold Standard NCTJ freelance sports journalist, writer, and broadcaster with experience for Sky Sports, the Times, Telegraph, Mail, and Love Sport Radio.