Ian Harte Snubs Leeds Return

  • By: Pete O'Rourke
  • Last Updated: May 25 2012, 13:37 BST

Ian Harte has revealed he rejected the chance of a return to former club Leeds before signing a new deal with Reading.

Ian Harte: Snubbed a possible return to Leeds

Full-back Harte came through the ranks to make his professional debut at Elland Road and went on to make nearly 300 appearances for the club between 1996 and 2004.

The 34-year-old agreed a 12-month contract extension at the Madjeski Stadium earlier this week ahead of the Royals' return to the Premier League and he insists he is happy to stay at Reading.

"I got a phone call about 10 days ago saying they (Leeds) were interested," Harte told the Reading Post.

"I love it down here and these have been the best two years of my career. It would be silly to leave such a fantastic club like Reading. I'm definitely happy where I am.

"I don't say you can never go back as I'm sure that would be fine. But people would say back in those days that we had a fantastic team, playing Champions League football, and it would have been difficult."