Danny Mills explains how he rejected Aston Villa move for Leeds United in 1999

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The former England full-back was desperate to join Leeds United from Charlton Athletic.

Leeds United may have been out of the Premier League limelight for some time now but there is no doubting the fact they remain one of the biggest clubs in English football.

Their most recent dalliance with success is however what eventually caused their demise. The club had great youngsters coming through but also spent plenty of cash in the hunt for silverware.

One man who was snapped up during this stage was Danny Mills.

According to Sky Sports Mills cost Leeds United £4 million back in June 1999, making the move to Yorkshire from Charlton Athletic.

This week, during an interview with Radio Yorkshire, he revealed that he has opportunities to go elsewhere – namely Aston Villa – but made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wanted a move to Leeds United.

He stated:

Mills went on to help Leeds to both the Champions League and UEFA Cup semi-finals during his time at the club.

But as Leeds’s financial situation went from bad to worse Mills headed out on loan to Middlesbrough, winning the League Cup, before joining Manchester City – as Leeds looked to get his wages off the books.

Nowadays he remains a fan of Leeds and is probably hoping to see the club back in the top-flight soon.

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