Chris Wood makes stunning revelation about Leeds exit, says why he didn't play v Sunderland
By Danny Wright
Chris Wood has revealed that the decision for him not to play for Leeds United against Sunderland in August was ‘out of his hands’ as the bid made from Burnley restricted him from doing so.
Wood, 25, caused uproar among the Whites supporters when he supposedly made himself unavailable for the trip to the Stadium of Light during the summer transfer window following reports of a big-money bid from Premier League side Burnley.
At the time, the New Zealand international claimed on his Twitter account that it did not “feel right” for him to play for Leeds with the on-going transfer situation that was surrounding him, which sparked outrage from fans and pundits who believe that the striker should have been playing regardless.
However in an interview with the Independent, Wood has rubbished those claims and has instead revealed that Burnley’s offer to sign him for £18million was subject to whether or not he played at the Stadium of Light.
“Nobody understands that the bid Burnley put in was subject to me not playing against Sunderland,” Wood told the Independent. “And everybody thinks that I refused to play. But it was out of my hands. The bid went in at 3pm on the Friday and got accepted at 5pm on the Friday. It was completely out of my hands whether I played or not. Burnley took that out of the equation, because they didn’t want the worst to happen.”
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Wood has also stunningly revealed that it was in fact the Leeds hierarchy who told him to stay put in the team hotel as they beat Sunderland 2-0.
He added: “They said they’d like me to stay there so it doesn’t upset the team, they could focus on the Sunderland game, without people from the outside world thinking why they had got rid of a player the day before the game.
“They just wanted everybody to focus on the game. That is why they wouldn’t let me leave the hotel until the game kicked off, so there was no distraction.”
Wood was in top form for Leeds last season under the charge of Garry Monk, scoring 30 goals across all competitions and winning the Championship golden boot award.
He has carried that goalscoring panache over to Turf Moor, having found the net against the likes of Tottenham, Crystal Palace and of course, Leeds, when the two sides met in the League Cup last month.