Leeds defend Schmeichel decision
Leeds boss Simon Grayson has defended the decision to accept Leicester's bid for Kasper Schmeichel.
Last Updated: 21/06/11 3:26pm
Simon Grayson has defended Leeds' decision to accept a bid for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester have had a reported offer of £1million accepted for the 24-year-old, who joined Leeds on a two-year deal from Notts County last summer.
Schmeichel has responded by saying he was happy at Elland Road so is disappointed Leeds have accepted a fee.
The former Manchester City keeper also claimed that at the end of the season, both he and the club made a commitment to honour the last year of his contract.
But Leeds boss Grayson insists he had already been looking to strengthen between the sticks anyway.
"It's been something we've been looking at in that I'm trying to improve the back four or five of last year," he told Yorkshire Radio.
"When you concede the number of goals that we did, it's obviously an area where one or two players are vulnerable and we need to change it around slightly."
Grayson was aware Leeds could command a fee now, with Schemeicel entitled to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer.
But the Denmark Under-21 international claimed that when he spoke to the club they had not looked for him to extend his contract and no offer of a new deal was ever put to him.
"There's good options for goalkeepers and defenders out there so this was a footballing decision first and foremost," Grayson added.
"But obviously in this day and age, with the Bosman ruling it quickens decisions up for you. We'll see where it goes.
"When Kasper goes we have other alternatives that will make us better and keep progressing us. Those are the decisions you make at times and that's the decision we've taken at this moment in time.
"I've spoken to him to explain my decision. If no bid had come, it wouldn't have changed the position that we were looking for another goalkeeper and it would be highlighted even more. It's always an area I've been looking to strengthen."