Leeds United boss Christiansen reluctantly lets Bridcutt depart for Forest

Liam Bridcutt.
Liam Bridcutt.
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HEAD COACH Thomas Christiansen admitted he was losing Liam Bridcutt with reluctance after the midfielder sealed a move from Leeds United to Nottingham Forest.

Bridcutt has signed a three-year contract at the City Ground after the clubs agreed a fee of around £1m for a player who was out of contract at Elland Road next summer.

Liam Bridcutt.

Liam Bridcutt.

Christiansen had used Bridcutt just once this season, in a League Cup win over Port Vale, and the 28-year-old was left out of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Sunderland as discussions between Leeds and Forest over a £1m move continued.

United granted Bridcutt permission to open talks over personal terms and undergo a medical today.

Christiansen revealed that he had asked Bridcutt to stay and fight for a place at Leeds but said the glut of central midfielders at Elland Road had convinced him to move on.

“He’s a player I like, especially his attitude and how he performed in training,” Christiansen said.

“He goes always 100 per cent but we have a lot of players in that position and it’s why we had to take a decision like that.

“I said to him, if he has time to wait to take an opportunity I will have him here with me. But I understand that he wanted to go and play.”

Forest began targeting Bridcutt last week and stepped up their interest in him over the weekend.

Bridcutt’s contractual situation, holding a deal which ends in June 2018, left him open to offers and the absence of any move to renew his contract amid a flurry of other extensions at Elland Road prompted Forest’s approach.

Bridcutt was a major signing last August, joining Leeds on a two-year deal from Sunderland after a prior loan, but he failed to appear in any of the club’s league games this season.

He played 53 times for United but a move to Forest has put him in line to make his debut against Christiansen’s side at the City Ground on Saturday.