25-year-old says he did not have a chance to say 'goodbye' to Leeds, after £10m exit
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25-year-old says he did not have a chance to say 'goodbye' to Leeds, after £10m exit

Lewis Cook has opened up on his exit from Leeds United to Bournemouth in 2016 on his current club’s website, ahead of Saturday’s clash between the two sides at Elland Road. Bournemouth paid Leeds £10million six years ago.

Cook, 25, will return to Elland Road for the first time since leaving his boyhood club. The York-born midfielder left for the Cherries during Eddie Howe’s reign as Bournemouth manager, with Leeds still languishing in the second tier.

Remarkably, Cook is yet to return to Elland Road with Bournemouth. When Leeds gained promotion, the England international saw his side relegated to the Championship. But Jonathan Woodgate’s old side are now back.

The two sides do battle on Saturday at Elland Road. Cook, who played 86 times for Leeds before his move, recalled how the move came about – while on pre-season with Leeds in Ireland. He spoke about never saying goodbye.

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“It all happened so quickly,” Cook said. “I was at a pre-season training camp in Ireland and was really nervous when I found out because nothing like this had ever happened before. It was all a bit of a blur and was out of my hands.

“One minute I was training with Leeds. The next I was getting a plane from Dublin. I didn’t have a proper chance to say goodbye to the fans or anyone at the club but that time has come and gone. It’s a long time since I was there.”

Cook opens up on Leeds exit ahead of Saturday’s clash

It was a blow to lose Cook at that time – and, for a perceived low price. The Guardian state that Bournemouth paid just £6million up front, and £10million in total. But that was six years ago and Leeds are back in the Premier League.

Cook has been a mainstay in the Bournemouth side since Gary O’Neil took over from Scott Parker. He is sure to be starting come Saturday afternoon, and both Tyler Adams and Marc Roca will have to provide the energy to stop him.

But Leeds will be favourites following last Saturday’s win over Liverpool, while the Cherries have lost three league games on the bounce. Leeds will be without Luis Sinisterra, Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas and Archie Gray.

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