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Leeds chairman Bates: Mega rich Man City still need our kids

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says the club can take the raids of Premiership clubs on their academy as a compliment.

Bates told the Telegraph: "We have to have the final say because of the financial implications, but since the rebirth of the club in 2007, any player who has left is because we didn't want them or they have been 'nicked' like Luke Garbutt by Everton. He's the England Under-17 captain and they offered us £200,000 [since increased to £600,000]. They were taking the *****.

"But you can't stop it. It's actually a compliment to the way our academy is run. What clubs should do is say: 'OK, we want to take those players, let's do a deal.'

"Take Manchester City. All the money they have spent, and they nicked two of our 14 year-olds and offered us £70,000 for the pair. It's an insult.''

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