By Jonty Banks

26th Apr, 2023 | 10:20am

Weston McKennie speaks out after Leeds United controversy before draw v Leicester City

Weston McKennie has shared a message with Leeds United fans after controversy arose before the 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Tuesday night (25 April).

On Tuesday morning, McKennie’s friend on social media, Diego Mendoza, hosted a Twitter space in which he delivered some took a pop at some of the American’s teammates at Elland Road.

Taking to Instagram (26 April) in reply to the controversy, McKennie has clarified the situation, saying that he was not involved in the making of any of the comments and thanked the Leeds faithful for their ongoing support.

“I just wanted to clarify that things said yesterday have not come from me,” he said.

“When people you know look to defend you, they generally do it from a place of love but if I have something I want to say, it will come directly from me.

“As always, the support in Elland Road yesterday was amazing. Let’s fight together for the next five games and keep this club where it belongs.”

Cleared up

Although no Leeds fans really believed that the comments made about McKennie’s teammates came from the midfielder, it is good to have this controversy cleared up and put in the rearview mirror.

When fighting against relegation, every player has to be on the same page and singing from the same hymn sheet.

As soon as disruption starts in the dressing room, that can quickly spill out onto the pitch and then into the fanbase.

The message from McKennie will be well received by the Elland Road faithful, who were in full voice during the 1-1 draw against the Foxes on Tuesday.

Javi Gracia’s side can now look ahead to their relegation showdown against Bournemouth on the south coast on Sunday (30 April), in which nothing but a win will do.

Hopefully, Leeds supporters will be able to see McKennie finally reach the potential that was hoped when he sealed his loan move from Juventus in the January transfer window.

In other Leeds United, a Whites player was reduced to tears after what happened this week while he’s also on the cusp of sealing a permanent Elland Road exit.