Stephen Warnock explains why he snubbed MLS offer last summer

Stephen Warnock

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock is playing for Derby County at the moment.

Stephen Warnock has revealed on that he could have joined Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC in the summer of 2014.

The Derby County defender was on the books of Championship rivals Leeds United at the time.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa left-back has explained why he did not join New York City despite having been made an offer.

“The then new manager at Leeds, David Hockaday, came in and said he didn’t want me to leave,” Warnock wrote on “The New York talks didn’t get that advanced because Leeds wanted me to stay with them.

“When I was surplus to requirements at Leeds, I was up for trying something different. When David came in at Leeds and said he wanted me it was an easy decision to stay.

“I wanted to play for a big club and Leeds fitted the bill at the time. I also wanted to stay at the club and prove the doubters wrong.”

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 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 the Rams, Warnock created four chances, had a pass accuracy of 76%, and won 22 headers, two dribbles and six tackles.

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