McCormack 'disrespected club and me' claims Massimo Cellino

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Ross McCormack completed a move away from Leeds United after much speculation about his future.

Fulham have signed Ross McCormack from Leeds United for a whopping £11 million, and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has taken a parting swipe at last season's Championship top goalscorer.

McCormack was the club captain at Elland Road and when there was speculation about his future last season, he showed his commitment to the club by kissing the badge. That has now angered some fans after his decision to leave the club and join a team at the same level.

Many would have understood if Ross had moved up to the Premier League and although Fulham will probably stand a better chance of promotion this season, it is a surprising move. He has now become the most expensive Scottish footballer ever, and it took such a large fee to convince Massmio Cellino to part with him.

Cellino had said that the club weren't in a position where they needed to cash in on McCormack but he let him go after he showed disrespect.  Speaking to The Yorkshire Post the Italian owner said  “I like to be in control of situations but it felt like he wasn’t my player. I was disrespected, he was aggressive with me."

“He didn’t turn up for the tour and all the time he wanted to go from here. It wasn’t in my mind to sell McCormack, it wasn’t my plan, but I had no choice."

Cellino has now brought in a great deal money for the club, and it will need to be reinvested as Leeds set about mounting a challenge on promotion. However his comments suggest that it doesn't greatly affect the proposed incoming transfers.

"The players we’re going to buy, we were buying anyway. So we need another forward now."

“We needed a team, not just one or two players like we had last season, and we’ll sign the same people because it wasn’t the plan to sell McCormack and use the money for transfers. In my head he was staying but things happen.”

Fulham will be hopeful McCormack can fire them to success this season, and after paying £11 million for him, anything less than promotion would be deemed as failure.

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