Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says Andy O`Brien has left the club as far as he is concerned.
O`Brien spoke to Leeds boss Simon Grayson last week and stated that he did not intend to ever play for Leeds again.
Grayson speaking at the weekend confirmed that he would never play for Leeds again and now Bates says as far as he is concerned he has resigned from the club.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Post , Bates said, “If you told the Yorkshire Post that you no longer wanted to write stories for them then I am sure your boss would take that as you having resigned from your employment at the Yorkshire Post. This is no different.
“The only reason Leeds United employ Andy O`Brien is to play football for us. Now, he won`t do that then clearly he no longer wants to work for Leeds United.
“To my mind, that means he has resigned his position. As far as I personally am concerned, Andy O`Brien has left the club and we have moved on.
“We are looking forward without Andy O`Brien and the challenge for the other players is to come in and stake their claim. What happens in the future is what concerns me and not a player who doesn`t want to play for Leeds United.”
It is expected that O`Brien will leave the club this week, either on loan or by the club terminating his contract allowing him to move on.
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