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Saint-Etienne coach hits back at Leeds United favourite Max Gradel over lack of ambition jibe

The Ivorian winger is set to leave the club this summer.

The future of former Leeds winger Max Gradel remains up in the air. The Ivorian is in great form at current club Saint-Etienne but is set to leave after declaring last week that Les Verts 'lack ambition'.

Now his coach has hit back at those claims. Christophe Galtier told the press this week, as reported by Eurosport.fr:

"We do not lack ambition, we just don't have the resources.

"The club have ambition. We have always been smart enough to be in the top five for three seasons.

"Max thinks that by selling players each year we are becoming weaker.

"For now, no, we are not weak, we're managing to stay at a great level.

"Now, if the ambition is to go and compete with PSG, we do not lack that ambition, we lack the resources."

Gradel remains something of a fan favourite at Leeds United. During his time at Elland Road he played 85 games, scoring 25 times and became popular with fans with his exciting displays for the club.

But he left Leeds after two-and-a-half seasons in 2011. He moved to Saint-Etienne in France where he soon became equally as popular.

Leeds fans have often hoped for a Gradel return, about a year ago it was even rumoured by the BBC that Leeds were looking to bring in the winger.

But the fact of the matter is Gradel is unlikely to head to Leeds. He has had an exceptional season in Ligue 1, scoring 11 goals in his last 11 games at the club, including a brace v Evian-Thonon at the weekend.

He has been linked with a move to Hull City by the Hull Daily Mail this week and it certainly seems as though he is keen on a return to England.

Whether Leeds, or indeed Hull, is likely to be that destination is highly doubtful.

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