Charlie Taylor Defends His 'No-Brainer' Decision to Quit Leeds United for Burnley
Charlie Taylor signed a 4-year contract at Burnley on Friday morning, signalling the end of a 14-year stint at his former club Leeds United.
Taylor was out of contract at Elland Road come the end of the 2016-17 season, and after enduring a troublesome spate at the Whites towards the final weeks of the previous campaign, the 23-year-old - speaking to the club's official website - insisted that his switch to Turf Moor was a 'no-brainer' and is seemingly ready to 'crack on' in his new surroundings.
“It’s my first move permanently away from Leeds, so it’s something different for me but something I can’t wait to crack on with," he claimed.
“I’ve been there since I was nine and I knew it was the right time. There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley; it ticks every box and it was a no-brainer.
“That’s the huge attraction of the Premier League, just everything about it! Week in, week out you are playing teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, so I just can’t wait to get started.”
With Taylor being under the age of 24, United will receive compensation from the Clarets, despite being a free agent; a fee which will be finalised via a tribunal, after Burnley failed to agree with Leeds' proposed valuation.
Leeds supposedly value Taylor in excess of £5m, whilst believing that a tribunal award could lead the figure to rise to at least £7m - a potential inflation which deterred West Bromwich Albion's advances for the left-back last month.
With Taylor heading to pastures new under Sean Dyche, his former employers offered their support in the defender with this statement: