Leeds United captain Sol Bamba has no regrets over Massimo Cellino criticism

The Ivorian was critical of the way the club was being run at the end of last season.

Leeds United’s newly appointed captain Sol Bamba has been speaking about comments he made about club owner and chairman Massimo Cellino at the end of last season.

Bamba was speaking at the end of the last campaign, where he had become hugely popular with the Leeds fans after some assured performances at the back after joining on loan from Palermo.

He criticised the running of the club amid widespread turmoil behind the scenes at Elland Road.

He has spoken to the Yorkshire Evening Post about those comments today, making it clear he regretted nothing:

“It was clear to everyone what was happening. It was a delicate moment for everyone involved with the club but what I said needed to be said, whether by me or by someone else.

“I wasn’t trying to cause trouble or make a name for myself. It just got to the stage where I wasn’t happy with a lot of what was going on, the way it was at Leeds. If the club did listen to that then I’m glad. I wasn’t trying to start a fight with anyone. I just wanted things to change. And to be fair, they have.

“We’re [Bamba and Cellino] absolutely fine. We’ve spoken. He knows I was only looking out for the interests of the club. It wasn’t about me.

“If you look at what I actually said, it was ‘I’m saying this even if it means I don’t join Leeds’. That’s how strongly I felt.”

His honesty might have put a permanent move in doubt, but it did the opposite.

Bamba got his move and is the club’s new captain.

Meanwhile things have settled down off the pitch. Leeds appointed Uwe Rosler as the new head coach and brought in Adam Pearson, who has been the face to be seen when it comes to all things behind the scenes.

Cellino has taken more of a backseat on the face of things but has got the club on a steady financial ship and spent some cash this transfer window.

Bamba can’t take all the credit, but it was comments like his which have surely seen the change at Elland Road in recent weeks.

Leeds fans will now be hoping that Bamba can guide the club to a serious promotion challenge this term as he continues to show what a great captain he might be.

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