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Mattock hands in transfer request

Joe Mattock
Mattock has earned England Under-21 recognition

Leicester City full-back Joe Mattock has handed in a transfer request, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

The 19-year-old England Under-21 international left-back has been linked with a move to local rivals Nottingham Forest and West Brom.

Furious Foxes manager Nigel Pearson said: "It's a situation that has been driven by him.

"In terms of confirming where he goes and for how much, I can't do that, but I'd expect it to be resolved shortly."

Pearson said the manner of the request had infuriated him.

"I like to deal with people straight up," he said.

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"I don't like it when the player rings the chairman when we are playing a pre-season game to ask to leave when he is out of the country on international duty.

"That gives you a taste of the situation and we'll wait and see what happens."

Mattock also requested a move from the Walkers Stadium before the start of last season but stayed and helped the club win the League One title.



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