Massimo Cellino: 'I didn't want to sell Ross McCormack'

Massimo Cellino, President of Cagliari before the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Atalanta BC at Stadio Nereo Rocco on August 25, 2013
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Massimo Cellino insists that he didn't want to sell Ross McCormack to Fulham.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has said that he didn't want to sell Ross McCormack.

The 27-year-old left the Elland Road side to join Fulham in a deal worth a reported £11m earlier this month.

Cellino insists that he wanted to keep the striker, but that McCormack had already decided that he wanted to leave the Championship side to seek pastures new.

Cellino told reporters: "I didn't want to sell McCormack because for me, he was the best player we had. He scored 29 goals. I was hoping to keep a player who guaranteed us at least 15 goals and McCormack would do it.

"I'm very unhappy because McCormack decided to go for another experience. Afterwards he told me he was proud to be at Leeds and I was proud too."

Leeds begin their Championship campaign with a home game against Millwall on Saturday, August 9.

Matt Smith of Leeds United during their Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road Stadium on October 20, 2013
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