Liam Bridcutt has revealed he is “happy to stay” at Leeds United beyond the end of the season, but wants the club to be “aiming high” in the summer.
The midfielder has been impressive for the Championship outfit after initially joining on loan in November, making 17 appearances and firmly cementing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet in a very short space of time.
Bridcutt found himself frozen out at parent club Sunderland and is relieved to be back playing regularly again, albeit in a division below the Premier League.
“I’m really happy here,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’m playing football, which is what I came here for, and that mattered more than anything else.
“I said when I first joined that there was no point talking about the future there and then because I wasn’t playing games (at Sunderland). Playing games was about my only priority.
The 26-year-old admitted the Leeds United squad have all turned their attention to next season, with the Whites currently languishing in 17th place in the Championship ahead of their away clash against play-off contenders Brighton and Hove Albion.
However, the potential to attract interest from more clubs in the summer will ensure that the midfielder’s performances will not dip before the end of the current season.
“We are all thinking about next season now though. I don’t know what’s ahead of me but that doesn’t mean I’ll just play out the games we’ve got left,” he added.
“I want to play well in them. The better I play the more options I’ll have in the summer. The more options I have the better it is and you only get options by playing well. Leeds would only want me if I’m playing well.”
Bridcutt’s ultimate aim is to be back playing in the Premier League, but he did not rule out joining Leeds United permanently if they were to show intent in the transfer market this summer for a promotion challenge next season.
“For me, yes I’d like to stay at Leeds,” he admitted. “If the circumstances are right so every time I go out on the pitch, I’m playing for a place in the team and not just for this season.
“But I do want to play in the Premier League. I’ve been at that level before.
“Every club ‘I’m at, I want to be aiming high and I want the club to aim high. If Leeds are willing to do that in the summer then I’d be happy to stay.”