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Leeds United star Sol Bamba stands by comments, says Cellino right to step back

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Sol Bamba has backed up the comments he made about Leeds back in May.

Leeds United were busy in the summer transfer window, but their biggest signing might just have been retaining loan player Sol Bamba.

The centre-back's return had looked less than likely after he criticised the ownership of the club at the end of last season publicly, blaming the team's form on behind the scenes instability.

Given owner Massimo Cellino's maverick personality, the consensus was that while his comments needed to be said, that was probably the last Leeds would see of Bamba.

Yet the club pushed to sign him permanently from Palermo, and have even appointed him captain.

In a fresh interview with The Football League Paper, Bamba says he has no regrets, and praised Cellino for heeding his advice.

He said: "Everyone knows what I said last season and I stand by that. If the decisions at the top aren’t right, there’s no way what happens on the pitch can be right. It was a big struggle last year and that’s why.

“Now he (Cellino) has maybe taken a step back and I think bringing someone like Adam Pearson in as CEO has been very important."

Bamba has been instrumental in Leeds' early form, which sees them unbeaten after their first five games, with a home fixture this weekend against Brentford.

Everything about Leeds this summer and this season indicates they are a better run club than last year, and progress on the pitch will be the icing on the cake.

No longer is there an air of instability, or worry a pitfall is waiting around the corner.

Cellino deserves credit for delegating his tasks, and no longer trying to do everything his way - and Bamba's presence as captain of Leeds United embodies this.

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