Leeds striker Billy Sharp in shock admission: Club told me I could leave for Ipswich

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Leeds striker rejected the chance to move to Ipswich Town.

Leeds United striker Billy Sharp has told The Yorkshire Evening Post he had previously been given permission to leave the club.

Sharp netted the winning goal at the weekend against Huddersfield Town in a 2-1 victory, and revealed how he rejected the chance to move on.

He said: "Leeds said I could have but I don’t want to leave. I’m settled here. It’s a great club and I want to score goals for Leeds.

“Ipswich have two good strikers and I wouldn’t have played much so I didn’t want to leave. But I am a professional footballer and I do want to play more."

The summer signing from Southampton has only netted three goals for Leeds, but each of them have been vital ones, contributing two winners and one equaliser.

It would have been easy for Sharp to accept his move at Leeds had not panned out, and move to promotion chasers Ipswich, who currently sit fourth, as opposed to his current side who are in 19th position, so it is to his credit and character that he wants to prove himself and not give up easily.

The YEP had reported Ipswich's interest in Sharp in mid-January, with head coach Neil Redfearn telling BBC Radio Leeds the following weekend: "He's a Leeds player. End of."

Redfearn, who has seen Jason Pearce and Stephen Warnock sold already this month, faces a current frustration with regard to midfielder Rodolph Austin, who SkySports reported last night faced being sold to Wigan Athletic.

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