Rob Green gives update on Leeds future, reveals discrimination
By Will Butcher
Rob Green has revealed the discrimination over his age as his Leeds future continues to remain up in the air.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Green compared himself to 41-year-old Wigan goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he prepares to turn 37 in January.
“You look at someone like Jussi and he’s a good five years older than me,” Green said. “There’s still plenty of time left in me.
“It’s interesting because you don’t feel any different, you’re not playing any different but in football you get discriminated against because it’s a young man’s game and people are wary of that.
“That’s the way it is. I love being here and I love playing every week.”
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With his contract set to expire next June, ex-England international Green is able to talk to non-English clubs in January over the possibility of a pre-contract arrangement that would see him leave at the end of his Elland Road deal.
Contract talks do not seem to be on the horizon for the former West Ham and Norwich City goalkeeper though, as a costly number of mistakes have occurred in his debut campaign.
His latest mistake came against Brighton in which he was caught under the flight of a corner, which saw Kalvin Phillips handle the ball on the line and receive his marching orders.
Green failed to save the resulting penalty, as Leeds lost 2-0 and suffered a blip in their chase for promotion.
Leeds’ number one is expected to start for the Yorkshire giants on Tuesday night, as they host third placed Reading at Elland Road. A win will take them from sixth to fourth, if Derby and Huddersfield drop points.
In other Leeds news, this is the best combined Leeds and Reading XI ahead of Tuesday’s clash.