In an interview with Burnley Football Club, Chris Wood came out and spoke about how it wasn’t up to him whether he played against Sunderland even though many pinned the blame on the striker.

Chris Wood signed for Burnley from Leeds United for a fee of around £15m. Despite his hard work and all he did for the club he was subject to much abuse from Leeds United supporters. This was down to the fact he appeared to ‘refuse’ to play, but it turns out this was never the case.

Before Leeds Uniteds’ Championship fixture against Sunderland Chris Wood put out a statement on Twitter which said that because of “strong interest of a Premier League club I don’t feel it is right that I play today”. But in the interview in the Burnley FC match day programme he said ” A lot of people don’t know the ins and out of that”

According to Chris Wood “the bid was made subject to me not playing” he then added “It [the transfer]was done and dusted. Leeds told me to put out that statement because we all knew that come Saturday night I was travelling up to Burnley to do my medical”. Wood also said “Leeds is a massive club and it was very tough to leave. (But) the Premier League is a massive pull these days”.

So if what Chris Wood is saying is to be believed then all the abuse he received for his statement was totally uncalled for and also completely unfair on the New Zealander because ultimately him not playing and the statement he put out wasn’t even his wrongdoing.


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