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Kewell, Viduka to desert Leeds: report

11/03/2003 11:58:03 PM Comments (0)

Socceroo stars Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell look set to be the next players to leave cash-strapped Leeds according to newspaper reports.

Sunday's disastrous 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-final leaves them with little chance of European football next term as they are way off the pace in the Premiership.

Both the Daily Mail and the Sun say Kewell has told Leeds he will wait until the end of the season before making his mind up on the reported STG50,000 ($A130,000) a week deal he has been offered on a new contract.

Both Inter Milan and city rivals AC Milan are believed to be pursuing the 24-year-old, who is Leeds' leading scorer this term with 12 goals, and would be expected to pay around STG10 million ($A26.07 million) for him.

Viduka, who has scored nine times this season, has also told the club he would like to review his options at the end of the campaign, which will see Leeds miss out on European football for the first time in six seasons.

Should either of them go it might well be the last straw for manager Terry Venables, who was close to walking out when star central defender Jonathan Woodgate was sold in January.

Venables has claimed he has been treated like a patsy by chairman Peter Ridsdale, who along with former manager David O'Leary was responsible for the lavish spending that has landed them in their current financial mess.

O'Leary was sacked last summer despite having guided the team to Champions League and UEFA Cup semi-finals and never having finished outside the top six.

This season Leeds are sixth from bottom, eight points off relegation and 12 points adrift of the UEFA Cup place.

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