Going nowhere - Max Gradel

Max Gradel has finally moved to quash transfer speculation by telling supporters he’s proud to be playing for Leeds United and that he believes he’ll be at Elland Road for years to come.

The winger’s statement comes after summer-long transfer speculation has linked him with everyone from Newcastle United to French side, Lille.

Gradel said that;

“Leeds is a massive club. It is the best I have been at and to play at a club like this is a dream.

“I want to keep playing at this club for a long time to come.

“There are a lot of positives to be taken from last season and now we are ready to go again. We deserve to be in the Premier League.”

Growing speculation surrounding Gradel’s future has been fuelled by the 18 goals he scored last season and the fact he has just one year remaining on his current deal. The decision to go public with his feelings could indicate that The Whites are close to agreeing a new contract with the Ivorian.

Following a slow summer with little for Leeds United fans to cheer about, the news that Gradel is planning to stay with the club will go some way to lifting the spirits of the Elland Road faithful. A couple of additional signings and some contract extensions wouldn’t hurt either.

  • Michael

    very very happy with this!!

  • Dje

    I'll be happier when the signatures on the contract, but it's a good sign.

    I was reading to-day in the Sunday Times that Wigan are likely to move for Snodgrass for around £8m if or when they lose N'zogbia for £13m to someone or other. The Sunday Times was on the money in our signings of Brown and Rachubka so let's hope they are off the mark on this one.

    I've just got a horrible feeling that Grayson has been told that he can keep one of Gradel or Snodgrass. Snodgrass, with the length of his contract, is the one to sell for the money but it would be a great loss and I'm utterly at a loss to what we would or might do with £8m. Yes Bates would keep most, but no one, including himself, knows what calibre of player Grayson would spend say £4m on.

    Personally, I'd prefer to stick with Gradel and Snodgrass and never know what might have been.

    • Colin

      dje – losing gradel would be bad news, if grayson loses snodgrass, then Simon is a dead man walking.
      That’s unforgiveable and he’d be gone by xmas if he gave the ok to let him go.

      Robert Snodgrass is not for sale. End of debate.

      Snodgrass IS a player worth £25,000 a week.

      • Dje

        I've no doubt that they'd sell at £8m.

        Grayson would be thinking £8m could bring in a £2-3m key player signing to appease the restless fans and use £3-4m to add to his wage parameters – that's an extra £30,000-40,000 per week for the next two years. And Bates would be after the remaining £1-3m for his 'personal' Leeds United interests.

        Grayson would be thinking off all those targets he tried to bring in this summer but failed because of wage limitations. A £30-40,000 top-up for the next two years, to what we currently pay our better players, could bring in say three players on £20,000 a week. At £20,000 a week in three key positions, say a replacement for Snodgrass, a central midfield maestro and a central defender. That would give you two seasons to give it a go for promotion. Rather than two seasons hoping Snodgrass and Gradel can carry us up.

        Don't get me wrong, Snodgrass is my favourite Leeds player and I'd be sick to see him go. But in terms of personnel and prospects it opens up, it'd make sense at £8m.

        • Colin

          dje – your comments are scaring me!
          But as always, you’re right, and i agree with what you’ve predicted.
          Grayson’s still a dead man walking if he gets rid of Snodgrass though.

  • Simon

    Is this not just the recycled quote from the 3rd of May?

  • MRM

    Pile of crap unless he signs a contract

  • Mark

    Only problem it isn't just up to Max, if Leeds get a big enough offer Bates will sell him. Will be delighted if Gradel is still at ER on 1st September, will believe it when it happens though.

  • Gryff723

    Our lad Max made Arsenal look like schoolboys.

    Great news.

  • JamesLeeds72

    It's an old quote I believe

  • JMO

    so if he wants to stay, why not sign a new contract ?…..

  • Jed Shed

    The reference to last season would appear to indicate it's a more recent quote. In his winter quote he said “If there is a new contract on the table I’d sign it because I am very happy at Leeds.” But maybe the churnalists at Murdoch's more distinguished rag are digging out other parts of his quote to make a story.

    The combination of tight lipped football clubs, over eager bloggers, motive fueled agents and desperate hacks make it impossible to believe the words of the subject itself.

    • macadamia man

      "Believe none of what you read and half of what you see." Mel Gibson, 2011.

  • COL

    Any idiot can see what's going on here.
    Gradel can see the end of his contract. Gradel will say he wants to stay at Leeds, and then leaving on a Bosman in the summer. Schmeichel had the same idea, but was forced out.

  • number1inyorkshire

    we cannot allow him to leave for free .we should ask him to sign a deal with a get out clause say if prem team come in with 6 mill or so ,and pay him so wages if not he has to go. will he score 18 goals in prem NOT A CHANCE will he play every week in prem NOT A CHANCE .

    letting players run down deals has cost leeds millions over the years that and fire sales .
    there are no guarantees its a risk involved giving 4-5 year deals but they are insured .alright not if someone is suddenly crap and we can all name some but it is the way forward

  • Andy Flynn

    I’m pretty sure it’s a recycled quote

  • Jonny Pawson

    good news if he signs a new contract. But im worried by the fact howson's contract runs out in a year as well and we should be offering him a new deal before every club in the prem turns his head. relatively young and home-grown are gonna be attractive attributes and prem clubs will be keeping tabs on him

  • KBEES

    Windmill the cunt

    FKTS

  • Mike

    [i]Posted by Dje on July 24th, 2011, 17:26 [Reply]
    I’ve no doubt that they’d sell at £8m.

    Grayson would be thinking £8m could bring in a £2-3m key player signing to appease the restless fans and use £3-4m to add to his wage parameters – that’s an extra £30,000-40,000 per week for the next two years. And Bates would be after the remaining £1-3m for his ‘personal’ Leeds United interests.

    Grayson would be thinking off all those targets he tried to bring in this summer but failed because of wage limitations. A £30-40,000 top-up for the next two years, to what we currently pay our better players, could bring in say three players on £20,000 a week. At £20,000 a week in three key positions, say a replacement for Snodgrass, a central midfield maestro and a central defender. That would give you two seasons to give it a go for promotion. Rather than two seasons hoping Snodgrass and Gradel can carry us up.

    Don’t get me wrong, Snodgrass is my favourite Leeds player and I’d be sick to see him go. But in terms of personnel and prospects it opens up, it’d make sense at £8m.[/i]

    That whole post of djed’s is rubbish, A bird in the hnd and all that. If Djed thinks any of the imaginary 8 mil would go back into playing staff he is on stronger stuff than TSS.
    Anyway who in their right mind would trust larry with money, signing on fees or wages?

    • Dje

      Doesn't your reply button work properly, Mike? Or is just my browser that doesn't like your replies?! ;)

      As I indicated, Bates would get his cut, but you are simplifying things too much in thinking Bates would suck it all up.

      When was the last time we received money for a player, proper money that it? Delph. You hear it a lot from marginals, "Where did all the Delphmoney go?!?!?!" I'll tell you were, wages.

      You look at how big a squad we developed on the back of the sale of Delph and over the course of three year contracts for each, that's where the money went. You might like to note that we also got promoted.

      Compared to last year where we recruited a good spread bet of players for a new season in a new league – made sure that all possibilities were covered (even if many of the players were in fact underwhelming) for all eventualities – promotion, playoffs, mid table, relegation dog-fight, relegation and an a good chance to once straight back up at the first attempt – this year we are trimming back on the squad size. Why? Because on the back of an overachieving season Grayson knows that we are there or thereabouts for promotion and all those extra players for all possibilities are no longer required. What IS required now are good quality players for key players. They cost money, especially wages.

      We do not have that money without gambling and the sale of one player for silly money is the only way of achieving that. Bates has not pencilled in the sale of the Snodgrass as part of his forecast (and more than any other club we are strict in our budgets and predictions of costs and attendance figures. As all season ticket holders know too well!!), so any sale is surplus money that yes could build more executive boxes, or be used in the 'free gamble' feature that gives him two rolls of the dice (two seasons, as I said above), to take him to the riches of the Premiership. From a business mind for someone like Bates it is a no-brainer, you don't pocket the cash this time, you have a fucking good flutter with it on getting promoted. Grayson would be quids in (and as Colin says, his neck would be very very much on the line).

      [Too much positive spin?]

      • Chareose

        Dje, the problem is I think its too late to replace him of we sold him, we are close to season kick off, Most of the best players have gone…. and theres one final point. If A good player got a decent wage offer from Leicester and leeds most would go to Leicester now because of the bad atmos and lack of ambition at leeds united. You need momentum aswell as money to sign players…..

        • Dje

          I sort of agree with your first point, although as we still don't have a first choice keeper, a new central midfielder, or central defender/left back, we are already in the 'leave it late game' – so an extra player having to bed-in would not be ideal but no worse than our current slightly shambolic approach to pre-season and player recruitment.

          As to Leicester, I think the Erikson factor turns a lot of football players heads, and considerably more than Grayson's name would (whch is no offense to Grayson). I'm not sure they can actually offer many more £20,000 per week wages with the amount of spending they have done. But fair point. I do think the temptation of £20,000 per week, a club with a good tradition and repute, and the prospect of playing in front of 30,000 odd passionate fans week in week out would land us someone half decent!!

          • michael horspool

            already have someone half decent Nunez, i love sondgrass but would sell and play nunez there. i think larry setting up with 4-4-2 and having mendy play is signs that either gradel or snodgrass will leave. would see either if not both go for good money and start again with goalkeeper needed more than anything, you get no where with out a good keeper and rub-crap-ka looks 3rd choice at best, no wait he was 3rd choice with blackpool (also in our league). Johnson loan singing could become permant if we had money with good keeper and centre back and centre midfeild needed. clayton is pony and should not be allowed with in 40 miles of the first team sheet. i would love to keep them but dont think we will and with out spine of team in place we will go down! and as a london based leeds fan i hate league one as i can never get away tickets which is eaiser in this league

          • Dje

            I admire your persistence to mouth off about Clayton. You could well be right, I've only seen him play twice for us. He looked lightweight but he has never had a run in the team, unlike Kilkenny who also looked lost in the middle of the field.

            I think Nunez will come good as well, and Mendy does look like a halfway house in case we sell Gradel or Snodgrass at the last minute and need a stand in. I'm not sure what his wages would be, but he could become another useful attacking-wing-forward utility player for us.

            I understand the pessimism but I don't think we are much better or worse than we were last season in terms of squad, injuries aside. What we do have going for us is consistency and a settled squad. Leicester and the spending clubs wont and that'll take a few games and added pressure for them to make that work (think of Middlesborough terrible start last year). From that I'd say we are set for a top 7-10 position finish (give or take 2 places either side) with a wobbly bit and maybe a change of manager around November time.

          • michael horspool

            hey when it comes to slagging off Clayton i got all day. i like your positive stance but i think we are worse off in one main vital way Kasper has been replaced by Rub-crap-ka still yet to see him make a save and looks off the pace in such i way i have made my agent contact Grayson with regards to the number 1 shirt (and my agent is an acting agent). as things stand i think 14-17 place would be lucky. i worry we will be down. but i do like Grayson just think hes hands are tied. also lost johnson who has been replaced by on no …clayton. take that back leeds are as good as down with out four good signings. on the bright side at least we will get to beat charlton next year

  • Mike

    [i]Posted by Dje on July 24th, 2011, 17:26 [Reply]
    I’ve no doubt that they’d sell at £8m.

    Grayson would be thinking £8m could bring in a £2-3m key player signing to appease the restless fans and use £3-4m to add to his wage parameters – that’s an extra £30,000-40,000 per week for the next two years. And Bates would be after the remaining £1-3m for his ‘personal’ Leeds United interests.

    Grayson would be thinking off all those targets he tried to bring in this summer but failed because of wage limitations. A £30-40,000 top-up for the next two years, to what we currently pay our better players, could bring in say three players on £20,000 a week. At £20,000 a week in three key positions, say a replacement for Snodgrass, a central midfield maestro and a central defender. That would give you two seasons to give it a go for promotion. Rather than two seasons hoping Snodgrass and Gradel can carry us up.

    Don’t get me wrong, Snodgrass is my favourite Leeds player and I’d be sick to see him go. But in terms of personnel and prospects it opens up, it’d make sense at £8m.[/i]

    That whole post of djed’s is rubbish, A bird in the hand and all that. If Djed thinks any of the imaginary 8 mil would go back into playing staff he is on stronger stuff than TSS.
    Anyway who in their right mind would trust larry with money, signing on fees or wages?

  • Colin

    I think The Peacocks are relying too heavily on loyalty from their players.This is the reason why I think short term contractual offers are being applied at the moment.Heads are being turned by unscrupulous agents and the writings of how good they are in the media.Add that too that Leeds are trying to adopt a policy of keeping the wage bill down to set a principle to all the other clubs in the country.There will come a time when wages are capped to a significantly lower level than they are at current i'm sure .Could Leeds be saving up for their sorte into the premier league?.

  • Matthew

    Snodgrass isnt a consistant player, he can start well to a season, but then goes crap for the rest, with the ocassional spark of class, sorry to say but we can do better. Personally think he is better off sold so the cash if Bates invests can go on some defenders and a better contract for Max.

  • Adrain Tagietti

    Am I naive? I thought that KB has never taken money out of Leeds?

    • Gryff723

      On an unrelated note, I wonder who owns the stadium and training facilities that we pay a yearly rent to…

      • Chareose

        Bates owns everything its just an accounting trick………………also it makes it look like leeds are paying out millions to play at elland road but they arnt, it goes it Ken Bates pockets

    • Matthew

      What about the Kasper money?

  • Brian T

    I see that there are a few reports saying that Leeds are getting closer to a deal being done very soon.
    Apparently B&Q have an offer on paint for some of the stand at Elland Road….well done Simon.

    • Matthew

      What about a pidgeon repeller for the ER roof? With Johnson and his high balls gone we’re vulnerable now.

  • Matt BB

    If Max has nailed his colours to the mast then thats generally god news, th real question for me though is will Leeds United match his ambition, or will they continue to pay him what hes currently contracted to? I sincerely hope not.

    Its vital we keep hold of our best players, and pay them what theyre due, it will keep them motivated and focused on Leeds United. We seemed to offer Becchio good money last Year, and indeed Snodgrass, but lets spend our money wisely here, breaking our conservative wage strucutre to keep hold of Gradel, Snodgrass, Howson, Becchio, Somma, White etc is vital. They are the core of our team, and quite frankly if the likes of Clayton, Bessone, Grella get upset then they can go.

    Understand its Lonergan we're about to sign so thats hopefully a positive move for us, now the small matter of a central midfielder, a left back, and a centre back and we're back in with a shout of the play offs.

    Saw some of the highlights of the friendlies, and Nunez and Clayton looked like they deserve a shot this season, the turner twins and lees a bit anonymous, but Kisnorbo is like a new signing. MOT.

  • derbyshirewhite

    If Wigan do collect £10 mill for N'Zogbia this week as suggested in the media, they'll want to go shopping on Elland Road. We're not safe yet, the window's still open and don't forget lads we've a hotel to finish.