Louis van Gaal convinced Cody Gakpo to reject Leeds and stay at PSV

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal advised Cody Gakpo to stay at PSV, and that played a huge part in the winger turning down Leeds to do so.

Last night, it was widely expected that Gakpo would leave the Dutch club on deadline day with Southampton and Leeds both trying to sign him.

Leeds then had an offer of €45m accepted, and the Dutchman was scheduled to fly to the English city today to finalise the move.

However, he then had a sudden change of heart, opting to stay at PSV, and Van Gaal looks to have played a part in that decision.

According to Rik Elfrink, the Netherlands manager contacted Gakpo to advise him not to leave for Leeds, just as he advised Jurrien Timber not to leave for Manchester United earlier in the summer.

Leeds are confident that advice played a big part in Gakpo ultimately turning them down.


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