Viduka details £38m dream move that Leeds blocked, opens up on relationship with Kewell
Mark Viduka has given a brilliant interview to ESPN and two bits of it will be of real interest to Leeds United fans.
The first is his relationship with Harry Kewell, a player who still inspires massive feelings of hate from Leeds fans after signing for Galatasaray.
Viduka revealed that he didn’t get on with Kewell at Leeds.
“At Leeds, it got to the point, if Harry and I were in the sheds by ourselves, we wouldn’t even look at each other,” Viduka says. “It was that bad.
“I had a problem with [Kewell’s agent] Bernie Mandic. Bernie was my agent when he took me from Celtic to Leeds, but … I severed ties with Bernie.
“I think maybe our relationship at Leeds wasn’t that good because — and I can’t say for sure — I think that affected the way [Harry] viewed me.”
Viduka also revealed that Leeds blocked his dream £38m move to AC Milan.
“[Leeds United] were negotiating with Milan and wanted £38 million. I was friends with [Milan star] Zvonimir Boban at the time, and we were negotiating terms through him. In the end, [Milan] offer the £38 million, and Leeds didn’t want to sell. And that was that.
“I was a huge AC Milan fan. As a kid, I grew up watching [Marco] van Basten, [Frank] Rijkaard and [Ruud] Gullit … They were my favourite team. It just wasn’t to be.”
Viduka scored 68 goals in 159 games for Leeds, including four in that classic 4-3 win against Liverpool.
He ended up moving to Middlesbrough in 2004 for a fee of £6m.
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