Leeds United cool interest in Luongo

Leeds United have cooled their interest in QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo

Both Leeds and Nottingham Forest have shown an interest in the Australian, who has a year remaining on his contract at Loftus Road. But London Football News understands Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is now looking elsewhere.

West London Sport reported last month that Rangers were looking to sell Luongo and were in talks over a deal for Luke Freeman to join Sheffield United, who have since signed him.

And Luongo was left out of the squad for Rangers’ pre-season trip to Austria ahead of his expected move.

There appears to be no way back for Luongo at QPR, whose manager Mark Warburton confirmed that he had been omitted from the squad for the trip because his future lies elsewhere.

Warburton told Rangers’ website: “Massimo has been a loyal servant of the club for the last four years and his passion and commitment for QPR has always been there for everyone to see out on the pitch.

“Massimo’s future could now lie away from QPR and therefore it is important that we prepare for that potential eventuality.

“We will give opportunities in Austria to some of the club’s younger players who have come through the academy, such as Charlie Owens and Charlie Rowan.”

QPR are taking part in a six-day training camp before facing Austria Vienna on Friday evening – their first match under new boss Warburton.

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