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Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook has been hailed as the best emerging English talent, and the 22-year-old has been impressive for the Cherries.
He has developed into a key player for Bournemouth since signing from Leeds United in 2016, making 48 Premier League appearances under Eddie Howe.
However, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December which halted his progress and made a return only last month.
He played his first 90 minutes in almost ten months on Saturday as Bournemouth were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City.
He has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool, but the 22-year-old has pledged his future to Bournemouth after only recovering from injury.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Cook said: “I have just started playing football here [again]. I had been out for a long time, so I am just focusing on Bournemouth at the moment.
“I am loving being back and playing football. I just forget about it [the speculation] really.
“You’ve just got to focus on your football here and keep enjoying it. I am obviously enjoying playing football again – that’s all I am focusing on right now.”
Cook has been likened to Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, and he admitted that he’s happy to be back playing football as he added: “Definitely. I am enjoying my football here, it’s a great place to be and play great football.”