Stephen Warnock says Leeds United asked him to leave last summer

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock joined Derby County from Leeds United in January.

Stephen Warnock has revealed on that he was asked by Leeds United to leave last summer.

The 33-year-old defender joined the Whites from Premier League outfit Aston Villa in January 2013.

However, less than two years into his Elland Road tenure, the former Liverpool left-back was asked by Leeds to leave.

Warnock made the revelation on, but he hinted at his pride of eventually becoming the captain of the West Yorkshire outfit.

“Another season passes with its ups and downs, but this one was possibly my strangest,” the Englishman wrote on

“From being told before the season kicks off to find a new club and then fighting my way into the team to become captain(a story I'm sure I will tell when I retire!), to leaving and starting a new chapter at a new club and struggling to deal with not being involved at all to then coming in and playing.”

Warnock made 21 appearances in the Championship for Leeds during the 2014-15 campaign, scoring one goal and creating 24 chances in the process.

The former Villa defender had a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and won 39 headers, three dribbles and 51 tackles.

In the January transfer window, Derby County signed Warnock for an undisclosed fee, but the left-back struggled to play regularly for the Rams, largely due to injuries.

In seven Championship matches for Derby, Warnock created four chances, had a pass accuracy of 76%, and won 22 headers, two dribbles and six tackles.

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