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Sol Bamba says Leeds United exit was bad timing, admits he could have joined club in 2012

Cardiff’s Sol Bamba scores their second goal

Now Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock wanted to bring him to Elland Road three years before he eventually joined Leeds.

Cardiff’s Sol Bamba scores their second goalCardiff’s Sol Bamba scores their second goal

Sol Bamba has been speaking about his exit from Leeds United, and how he almost joined the club a lot sooner.

Bamba left Leeds after falling out of favour with manager Garry Monk. The Leeds boss had bought in Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley to the backline and that left Bamba way down the pecking order.

Speaking about the exit to Wales Online the Ivorian defender admitted the departure was poor timing:

“I was a bit disappointed with how it ended at Leeds United, they’re a great club and I wish them all the best, but I did think the timing was wrong.

“I’d started the season as Captain then all of a sudden they wanted me to go.”

Cardiff manager Neil WarnockCardiff manager Neil Warnock

He joined Cardiff City in the end, teaming up with the Bluebirds new boss Neil Warnock. The former Leeds captain went on to tell Wales Online that he did in fact nearly join Leeds when Warnock was the manager back in 2012:

“He actually told he wanted to sign me for Leeds United when I was at Leicester City. In the end it didn’t quite work out, that was when I went out to Turkey.

“So we’ve been looking to work together for a long time. He kept saying, ‘when are you going to come and play for me?’ I kept replying, ‘well when are you going to come and get me?’

Instead he ended up joining Trabzonspor, a move that did not work out for the player.

Sol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds UnitedSol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds United

After an unsuccessful spell in Italy with Palermo he finally became a Leeds player in 2015, eventually going on to become the club captain at Elland Road.

Leeds are flying high without him and his departure has been to a big gain for Cardiff City.

It looks like this was a transfer story that has worked out for both clubs.

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