Bridcutt responds about Christiansen ending his Leeds career
By Harry Sykes
New Nottingham Forest signing Liam Bridcutt has revealed he was “definitely” surprised to be told he was not in the plans of new Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen this season.
Bridcutt was signed from Sunderland 12 months ago after a successful Elland Road loan spell and was appointed club captain by ex-boss Garry Monk.
The midfield anchorman was a key member of the side that challenged strongly for promotion only to lose out on a play-off spot following a final-month collapse.
Bridcutt, 28, should make his Forest debut against his former side on Saturday in a televised clash and spoke openly about his Leeds departure.
Asked if he was surprised, Bridcutt told the Sky Sports website: “Definitely. You never really see it coming. But as I say it’s their loss and Forest’s gain, and for me it was a difficult point and there was no reason behind it.
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“It was a new manager, and he obviously had his select of players and I wasn’t one of them. For me now it’s just to prove everyone wrong.”
Regarding his potential Forest debut against his former side, Bridcutt said: “That’s football for you. I like to be put in at the deep end, and I think this is probably the biggest game I could have had really.
“I had a good period at Leeds, got on well with everybody, I just needed to get out and get some games. It felt right to move, but I left on good terms and I’m still good friends with a lot of people there.
“It’s another game to me, I’m not going to put more pressure on myself, I just have to go out there and do what I’ve got to do.”
Bridcutt, who made 52 appearances in two seasons at Elland Road, admits it is time for him now to prove his worth, and says working under Forest manager Mark Warburton was one of the main reasons he chose the City Ground.
In other Leeds United transfer news, an £8million bid has been rejected for a Championship goal machine wanted by the club.