Matt Smith speaks of his shock at learning Leeds wanted to sell him

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Fulham star Matt Smith says leaving Leeds United was a shock.

Fulham striker Matt Smith has told BBC Radio Leeds of his shock at first learning Leeds wanted to sell him last summer.

Smith was sold on transfer deadline day, just months after signing a new contract at the club.

He revealed that he learned of the club's intentions just days after signing the deal.

He said: "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't (disappointed). I'd just signed a long term deal, and walked in a few days later to be told the club looking to offload you.

"I didn't know how to take it. Anyone wants to feel wanted."

He added that he feels he has a good opportunity at Fulham, where he partners former Whites striker Ross McCormack, but says it is too early in the season to start discussing their chances of winning promotion to the Premier League.

Even despite his treatment, Smith says he still retains an affinity for Leeds.

"It's the first result I look for. It's settled down since I left, it was a bit of an unstable period.

"The manager has got good backing which is important, they seem to have turned a corner in that respect. People can start talking about results on the pitch."

Smith's sale is still a little perplexing, giving there are not many forwards with a better aerial threat in the Championship.

Last season they could have done with him, and had to bring in Edgar Cani on loan in January, an ill-fated move, but supporters will hope they have bought a real upgrade in summer signing Chris Wood.

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