Leeds United boss Garry Monk has revealed that he spoke to defender Sol Bamba, explaining to him the situation at the club before allowing him to leave.

The Championship side confirmed earlier in the month that their former skipper had decided to leave the club by mutual consent.

The 31-year-old was a popular figure among the Leeds United faithful for his leadership skills and his sudden departure had been a surprise for the fans.

The former Swansea City manager though has now filled in the blanks, explaining that the decision to allow Bamba leave was his own. Monk in fact took time to reveal that he had explained to the defender that it was not good for him to stay on with the club and not be selected.

At the end of the day, Monk revealed, Bamba understood his point and they parted ways on a healthy note.  


“I’m here to get the squad to where it needs to be", Monk told a press conference on Thursday.

"There are tough decision to be made. That’s my job and that’s what I’ve been brought in to do.

“I spoke with Sol and I told him that I didn’t think it was a good situation for him not being in the squad, that it wouldn’t be a healthy situation.

"I asked the club to find a solution and he understood that. They came to an agreement.

“He wasn’t in the squad against Nottingham Forest so we had a good discussion.

"I didn’t think it was very healthy for that situation to continue. Sol understood totally where I was coming from.”

The Peacocks had revealed that there were "personal reasons" behind Bamba's decision to leave.