Ross McCormack’s shock departure to Fulham for a whooping £11 million left many Leeds United supporters frustrated and annoyed, even angry.
The Scotland international attacker is one of the best players in the Championship and was set to be key in the Whites’ chances of regaining their Premier League status in the coming years.
But the 28-year-old left, and that too for fellow Championship club Fulham, who had suffered relegation from the English top flight at the end of last season.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino suggested at the time that McCormack did not want to play for the West Yorkshire club anymore and had forced through a move. However, the latest comments from the former Cardiff City star shed a different light on the matter.
‘The conversations were that the club didn’t want me to leave - or Mr Cellino, Mr President… the chairman - he didn’t want me to leave’, the Daily Mail quotes McCormack as saying. ‘He said you can leave but it’s got to come across as you are initiating it.
‘So there was a transfer request put in all for the benefit of the club, where they can come across in a good light to the fans. Unfortunately at the time the fans probably took sides with the owner. After a few things have come to light, maybe they are turning a little bit’.
Interesting, very interesting.
McCormack does not stop there in revealing how the transfer unfolded. He adds that like him, there were other players in the Leeds team who were not happy with the events unfolding at Elland Road.
‘At the time I didn’t want to go’, he said. ‘I wasn’t the only player that didn’t really like what was going on. The only difference was that I was probably the only one who said what he felt. They didn’t take too kindly to that’.
Leeds boss Cellino will certainly have a different version to that story, and we may get to hear it in the coming days. But perhaps for now, the Championship club’s fans may regain some of their adoration for the player who graced Elland Road from 2010 until 2014.