Leeds United have just sold Sam Byram to West Ham.
Matteo said: “We don’t want to become a selling club, but we really are. That’s the truth behind it. We’re selling all our best players, and we have done [for a while]. Look at the Norwich situation and all the players we’ve sent there. We’re now becoming that club, and there’s more players at the club - I could give you three quick ones and we all know exactly who they are - who are being watched by top teams as well.”
Matteo was a part of Leeds when they were one of the giants in English football, and he linked up the Whites from Liverpool to play in the Champions League.
He moved to Elland Road to enjoy greener pastures, and whilst his switch took him to Leeds, Byram has left the Whites for greener pastures.
Byram has linked up with a West Ham side on the up, with a new stadium to move into, and a very good chance of qualifying for European football ahead of next season.
The transfer is excellent for the player, but it is further proof that Leeds are no longer the draw they once were, and are a selling club.
They produce players from their impressive academy, only to sell them on once they are fully developed. Jonny Howson left for Norwich, and although they were not from the academy, so did Luciano Becchio and Robert Snodgrass.
And with Leeds now possessing this reputation, they have more young players who are already being watched by bigger teams. Matteo is aware of this, and although he won’t name the trio, they are likely Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor.
They are also academy graduates, and it is hard to imagine Leeds will be able to keep ahold of them for too long if they remain a mid-table Championship side - and a selling club.