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Trio set to leave Leeds

Kilkenny, Grella and Bessone all primed to leave over summer

Last Updated: 12/05/11 10:08am

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Bates expects Kilkenny to move on for free this summer

Bates expects Kilkenny to move on for free this summer

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Leeds United chairman Ken Bates expects Neil Kilkenny to leave this summer while Mike Grella and Federico Bessone have been transfer listed.

Kilkenny is out of contract and although it has been mooted that both parties could still concur on new terms, Bates insists Leeds' financial position is unlikely to change.

The Australia international has been a regular in manager Simon Grayson's first team on the back of promotion, but Bates does not believe he will be a Leeds player next season.

Bradley Johnson is another regular who is a free agent this summer, although Bates has again acknowledged that for a deal to be agreed his demands need to be reduced.

Two players set for the Elland Road exit door are Grella and Bessone, who had spells with Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic in League One respectively last term.

Charlton manager Chris Powell has already expressed an interest in keeping former Swansea defender Bessone at The Valley for the new campaign.

The pair are contracted to Leeds next season, but Bates admits they no longer feature in the club's plans and are free to move on during the close season.


"We'll be talking to their agents, but I don't think there'll be any movement on our side. Kilkenny will probably be moving on and we wish him luck," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"Bradley, I don't know. He wants to stay at Leeds and the manager would like him to stay at Leeds but not at the kind of money his agent was looking for.

"Grella will not be playing for us anymore. One or two clubs are looking at him and we won't stand in his way.

"Similarly, Bessone won't be figuring in our plans for next season and already one club has expressed an interest in him. We're a helpful club in that respect.

"If someone doesn't fit into our plans then we sort them out."

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