By Craig Scott

11th May, 2021 | 3:38pm

Marcelo Bielsa tells Leeds United chiefs Patrick Bamford cannot be sold

Marcelo Bielsa has told the Leeds United hierarchy they cannot sell Patrick Bamford in the summer – no matter how much is offered for him, according to Daily Star journalist Jeremy Cross.

The newspaper claims Liverpool are lining up a bid for the 27-year-old striker, who notched his 15th Premier League goal of the season on Saturday as Leeds beat Tottenham 3-1 at Elland Road.

It is understood that Bielsa wants Bamford to stay as he knows replacing the ex-Chelsea striker would be a “huge challenge”.

Cross adds that while Bamford is flattered by the interest, he has no interest in leaving Leeds and wants to help the Whites return to European football.

Bamford going nowhere

This is superb news.

Bamford has been integral to our return to the Premier League under Bielsa and while he’s had his critics, he’s more than silenced them this season.

The 27-year-old should be a shoo-in to get into the England squad for the European Championships this summer as only five players have scored more than him this term in the Premier League. Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the only Englishmen to do so.

It’s no shock that Liverpool want Bamford because not only is he a great finisher but he is also superb at link-up play.

He’s been superb with Jack Harrison and Raphinha so you can only imagine why Jurgen Klopp wants him as he’d be linking up with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at Anfield.

We don’t want to see that though, we want to see Bamford staying on at Elland Road and there’s nothing more important than what the player himself wants to do.

We really hope Cross is right about not only Bielsa’s stance but Bamford’s too because it’s great news.

In other Leeds United news, Jason Cundy was completely baffled by what a Leeds fan claimed about Fulham on talkSPORT.