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‘It was out of my hands’ – 25-year-old ace lifted lid on Leeds departure

Leeds United fans have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks after seeing their side fall to fifth in the Championship.

The Yorkshire giants were top of the pile after seven games having won five and drawn the other two, but since then Thomas Christiansen’s men have won just one of their succeeding four matches, including losing all three away from home.

Defeats at Millwall, Cardiff City, and Sheffield Wednesday have checked their progress and indeed frustrated several of our resident Whites supporters, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report in The Independent, which includes quotes from former Leeds forward Chris Wood regarding his departure from the club.

The 25-year-old made the move to Premier League side Burnley from Elland Road back in the summer after enjoying a wonderful season with the Whites last time out, in which time he scored 27 Championship goals to finish as the division’s top-scorer.

Yet much has been made of his departure from Leeds and his apparent refusal to play for the club against Sunderland back on August 19, but the New Zealand international, who has already scored three times for the Clarets, has lifted the lid on exactly what went on in his final days at Elland Road.

He said: ‘Nobody understands that the bid Burnley put in was subject to me not playing against Sunderland.

‘And everybody thinks that I refused to play. But it was out of my hands. The bid went in at 3pm on the Friday and got accepted at 5pm on the Friday.

‘It was completely out of my hands whether I played or not. Burnley took that out of the equation, because they didn’t want the worst to happen.’

These comments are sure to intrigue Leeds fans up and down the country, who have seen their side deal reasonably well with Wood’s departure, scoring 18 goals in their 11 league games, and sitting pretty in fifth despite their difficult recent run.

Landlord’s verdict: Much was made of Chris Wood’s departure from Leeds, and it’s fair to say his apparent refusal to play for the club against Sunderland on August 19 didn’t go down well with the Elland Road faithful.

However, the New Zealand international has moved to clarify the situation, suggesting that he could not play against Simon Grayson’s men as opposed to not wanting to.

Whether this appeases those Leeds fans very much remains to be seen, but it’s fair to say that the Yorkshire giants haven’t missed him too greatly so far this term, but whether they do as the season wears on very much remains to be seen.

Leeds fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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