Olivier Dacourt discusses his time at Leeds United

The Frenchman was a big presence during his time at Elland Road.

Olivier Dacourt was certainly a popular figure during his time at Leeds United.

The Frenchman had a previously tumultuous stint in English football with Everton but after success in France with RC Lens he headed to Leeds United in 2000 and was an integral part of the team that made it to the Champions League semi-finals in 2000-01.

Unfortunately his career at Leeds was disrupted when Terry Venables arrived at the club and his time at Leeds soon came to an end.

He ended up playing in Italy with Roma and Inter Milan for the next six years and he has been speaking to the French media today, with Leeds on his mind.

He told So Foot:

"Yeah, with a semi-final of the Champions League after. Extraordinary experience. It was frankly fantastic. Sick atmosphere, a young and talented team with high hopes ... Everything came together to write a great story in the long term.

"I could not tell (where my best club was). It is often said that 28 years, is at the top of his career. This is the time when we are still in great shape and we start to have experience. So in Leeds, it was not bad anyway. But I can not say I was better than when I was in Serie A."

Dacourt was a tough tackling and hard working midfielder, which certainly endeared him to the Leeds United fans.

So to hear that feeling was mutual must be comforting for the Elland Road faithful. Dacourt also played at big clubs such as Roma, Inter Milan and Everton and his three years at Leeds were still his best - even if it ended sourly.

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