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Kewell's agent slams Leeds

01/07/2003 05:29:03 AM Comments (0)

The agent of Australian international striker Harry Kewell slammed the behaviour of one board member of his Premiership club Leeds United claiming his actions had been 'scurrilous'.

The 24-year-old looks set to leave the cash-strapped club for around STG7 million ($A17.38 million) in the next week with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Champions League holders AC Milan among those linked with him.

However his agent, Bernie Mandic, said that Kewell - who has been with the club since 1995 - could even stay till next year when he would become available on a free transfer.

While Mandic was scathing about one of the director's behaviour, his and Kewell's have been criticised by club chairman Professor John McKenzie, who said the whole affair was a farce.

"Things have been conducted in an underhand and scurrilous manner," Mandic told the BBC.

"I have had no problems in dealing with Professor John McKenzie and as far as I am concerned that will remain the case.

"But another director has taken it upon himself to flog Harry around to various clubs.

"He has also taken it on himself to brief a particular media organisation about all developments as he sees fit - naturally the stories always carry an anti-Harry Kewell slant.

"The same Leeds board member has been working in partnership with an agent friend to move Harry out of Leeds to a club he believes will offer the best financial deal at the expense of Harry's personal terms.

"He has even taken it upon himself to pass on all of Harry's financial details to the buying club. This is out of order and will not be tolerated.

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