Blackwell explains Duberry U-turn
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It had been thought that the former Chelsea central defender would join Leeds' Championship rivals this week in a bid to reduce the Elland Road club's hefty wage bill.
However, after careful consideration of the finances involved in paying off Duberry's contract, along with bringing in a replacement, the club opted against the deal.
Leeds are currently short in numbers at the back with Dominic Matteo having joined Blackburn Rovers this week, while Ian Harte is set to join newly promoted La Liga outfit Levante.
"It made no footballing or economical sense to let Michael go to Wolves under the terms being discussed," explained Blackwell.
"What we would have been saving on wages was negligible and it would have cost just as much to replace him.
"Michael expressed a desire to stay at Leeds and I know he can do a very good job for us in the First Division.
"I would have hated to see him playing for one of our rivals next season."