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Leeds United transfer rumours as Pascal Struijk chooses Netherlands over Belgium

Here are your latest Leeds United transfer rumours for Monday, October 24.

Struijk decision

Leeds defender Pascal Struijk has confirmed that he'll represent the Netherlands instead of Belgium. Struijk was born in Belgium but grew up in the Netherlands, where he played for ADO Den Haag and Ajax at youth level.

He has been included in Louis van Gaal's provisional squad for the World Cup, and is hoping to convince the Dutch boss that he is worthy of a seat on the plane to Qatar.

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"I think I have now made my choice clear. I want to play for Oranje," Struijk told Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad.

"It would also not be fair to both coaches, and to the fans of Oranje and Belgium if I first say that I will play for Oranje and then suddenly choose Belgium. Or vice versa. That would not be fair."

He added: "I would be super happy and proud if I were there. But the only way I can influence someone's choice is through the way I play.

"So I try to play the best I can. I try to reach my highest level and give the maximum and I'll see what his choice becomes. If I'm there, great. If I'm not there, then I'm not."

Cresswell return

Millwall boss Gary Rowett has commended Leeds loanee Charlie Cresswell for his professionalism during his four-game exodus from the squad.

Phil Hay of The Athletic claimed that a recall in January was 'highly likely' if his lack of playing time continued, but Cresswell returned to the squad in Millwall's 2-1 victory over West Brom.

Cresswell started on the bench but was introduced at the start of the second half as Millwall climbed into the play-offs courtesy of a 90th-minute winner from Tyler Burey.

Rowett said to the media via Southwark News: “Cressy showed a lot of character coming on after a tough period [out of the side]. He has worked really hard and he’s got his rewards because he played really, really well. He gave us a little bit of composure on the ball.”

The 20-year-old has made 11 appearances for the Lions across all competitions this term - registering three goals and one assist.


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