Former Leeds United star Charlie Taylor defends controversial Elland Road exit

Charlie Taylor, pictured in training for Burnley.
Charlie Taylor, pictured in training for Burnley.
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Former Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor mounted a staunch defence of himself ahead of tonight’s reunion with the Elland Road club, claiming the publicised story behind his exit “wasn’t the truth”.

The defender was due to line up against Leeds for the first time since opting to leave Elland Road at the end of his contract and take up a four-year deal with Sean Dyche’s Burnley in July.

PATIENT: Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

PATIENT: Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

United earned a compensation fee of over £6m due to Taylor being under the age of 24.

But his exit was drawn-out and acrimonious following a transfer request which Leeds rejected and an apparent refusal by the full-back to feature in the final game of last season.

Former Leeds head coach Garry Monk described him as “terribly advised” after revealing that Taylor has withdrawn from a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic in a bid to protect an anticipated move to the Premier League.

The match would have been Taylor’s last for a club he joined as a nine-year-old and played for more than 100 times but speaking in the programme ahead of last night’s Carabao Cup tie between Leeds and Burnley at Turf Moor, he said: “There are two sides to every story and the one that was out in the media wasn’t the truth.

There are two sides to every story and the one that was out in the media wasn’t the truth. I will go into more detail one day about that.

Charlie Taylor

“I will go into more detail one day about that.

“I couldn’t really get my point across and it didn’t really end on great terms or how I wanted it to end.

“Hopefully I can clear that up one day.”

Taylor also stood by his decision to move onto Burnley, saying: “I couldn’t turn it down. I had to move onto progress my career and I don’t have any regrets.

Charlie Taylor, duringhis time at Leeds United. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Charlie Taylor, duringhis time at Leeds United. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

“It was a decision I had to make and it’s one hopefully some people can’t hold against me.”

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