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Leeds United issue extraordinary statement following Archie Gray’s ‘heartbreaking’ transfer to Tottenham

Leeds United issue extraordinary statement following Archie Gray’s ‘heartbreaking’ transfer to Tottenham

Archie Gray has completed a permanent move to Tottenham

Leeds United have issued an extraordinary statement following the sale of Archie Gray to Tottenham.

Gray, 18, was believed to be heading to Brentford before Spurs swooped in to hijack the deal earlier this week.

After a fabulous campaign in the Championship, the former Whites star has completed his £30m move.

United fans were left heartbroken by Gray’s excellent rise through the academy and his eventual progression into the first team.

But, having to comply with FFP restrictions, Leeds said they had no choice, in a bold statement published earlier today.

“Understanding the lure of Premier League and European football, the club has agreed to the transfer with a heavy heart, but the move has strengthened the board’s determination to finally return Leeds to a position where it can fulfil the footballing ambitions of even its brightest stars,” the club said. through their official platforms.

“While we understand that supporters will be extremely disappointed to lose such a homegrown talent and a family name so synonymous with Leeds United, the move enhances the club’s chances of competing for automatic promotion next season, enhancing our ability to build a competitive squad within the league’s financial control regulations.

“Everyone at Leeds United is heartbroken to see one of our own go and we would like to thank Archie for all his efforts and professionalism.

“He leaves with the best wishes for his future career and knowing that Leeds will always be his home.”

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Daniel Farke’s side have received something in return, with defender Joe Rodon heading in the opposite direction.

The Welsh international came into his own after an impressive loan spell at Elland Road last season and has now made his move permanent.

As for Gray, it remains to be seen whether he will get first-team opportunities at Tottenham next season or be loaned out to another team due to his age.

“When Spurs came and I had the opportunity to play in the Champions League and Europa League this year, I couldn’t say no,” Gray said after his move was confirmed.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m a big Celtic fan so I love him (Ange Postecoglou), my whole family loves him.

Featured image credit: Getty Images – Leeds United

Topics: Ange Postecoglou, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brentford, Premier League, EFL Championship