Coventry City defender Sam McCallum says he is not interested in reports linking him with a move away from the club in the January transfer window, even if he would love to play in the Premier League one day.
The 19-year-old has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Coventry since breaking into the Sky Blues’ side in late 2018, and it seems he is already catching the attention of those further up the football pyramid.
According to recent reports, newly promoted Premier League side Aston Villa, along with promotion-chasing Championship trio Leeds, Nottingham Forest and West Brom, are all among those interested in signing the defender.
For now however, it appears McCallum is fully focused on helping Coventry’s own League One promotion push, despite his ambition to play in the Premier League, as he told Kent Online: “Playing in the Premier League is obviously still a dream.
“If I went all the way it’d be so big for me because I’m one of those millions of kids who have wanted it.
“But at the moment I’m focusing on trying to get the starting position at Coventry and then see where it goes from there.”
It does seem as though McCallum is happy with his current situation, as speaking about adjusting to life at Coventry, he added: “I’m more comfortable in the accommodation I’m in because I’m staying with [teammate] Morgan Williams, and we’re like brothers.
“It’s helping me with what I’m doing on the training ground and the pitch.
“I’m definitely living the dream.”
Coventry go into their clash with Tranmere Rovers on Sunday afternoon seventh in League One, with five wins and five draws from their opening 11 games of the third-tier season.
I think this will be a big relief for Coventry.
McCallum is clearly a hugely promising talent, and keeping him at the club will surely help them in their own quest to climb the divisions once more.
With McCallum currently enjoying a decent amount of game time at Coventry, I do think this is the smart approach for him to take, since there may be no guarantee of that were he to move elsewhere.
Indeed, if he can help the Sky Blues to win promotion this season, then that in itself will help his dreams of playing in the Premier League, both in terms of moving a step closer with Coventry, and the increased attention it could earn from those further up the football pyramid.