By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk asked Leeds chiefs to secure the sale of Sol Bamba before the transfer deadline at the end of last month, according to a report.
The Ivory Coast international abruptly quit the club the day after the window shut even though he was the club captain and was contracted to the Championship outfit until next summer.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has claimed that Monk asked Leeds to look for opportunities for Bamba elsewhere but a move failed to materialise before FIFA’s window closed on August 31.
This came after Bamba lost his place in the first-team squad and was omitted from Monk’s squad for their 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest before the international break, falling out of favour due to a run of poor performances and results.
Leeds released a statement on their official website on 1 September to explain the centre-back “left the club by mutual consent due to personal reasons”.
Bamba – an Ivory Coast international who turned 31 earlier this year – returned to France to spend time with his family and is now beginning the search for a new club.
“I’m here to get the squad to where it needs to be,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “There are tough decision to be made. That’s my job and that’s what I’ve been brought in to do.”
Bamba was an outspoken member of the squad at Leeds, openly criticising Massimo Cellino’s running of the club on two occasions.
He and Monk worked together for almost three months after Leeds’ manager was appointed as Steve Evans’ successor at the start of June.
“We wish him all the best,” Monk said. “He was fantastic in terms of me coming to a new club and helping me understand what it had been like before. “These are the decisions you have to make and whatever decisions I make, they’ll always be for the good of the group and the good of the club.”
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are preparing to make a major new signing.