Is Neil Redfearn's treatment the reason Sol Bamba rejected Leeds?

Neil Redfearn

The 49-year-old may have had a bearing on the Leeds defender's frame of mind.

On Friday afternoon, HITC Sport brought you the news Leeds United loanee Sol Bamba has rejected a permanent move to the club.

It was later claimed by the Yorkshire Evening Post that the centre-back is 'still an option' for the Whites despite the news, although that suggests Bamba may well have refused an initial offer at the very least.

But that's far from the attitude the Ivorian portrayed at the end of last season. First and foremost, Bamba made it clear he wants to stay at Elland Road.

Yet he also urged the Leeds hierarchy to sort things out at the club - namely the future of boss Neil Redfearn. The 30-year-old was clearly a fan of Redfearn and also then assistant manager Steve Thompson.

Take that into account and you may be able to explain Bamba's sudden change of heart with regards to his United future. Yes, he may just be angling for a better deal - but the Redfearn situation will not have been lost on him.

The defender would have seen the way the 49-year-old was treated and looks as though he asked himself the question of whether it could happen to him. 

And who can blame him, at the end of the day? Bamba clearly has an affection for Leeds. But he now knows first hand loyalty isn't always rewarded under owner Massimo Cellino...

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