Olly Says Nice Things About Leeds Shock!

Last updated : 04 May 2005 By Kevin Markey

This despite leaving the club in controversial circumstances.

The 30-year-old France international went on loan to the Serie A side in January 2003 after falling out with the then Leeds manager Terry Venables.

Dacourt was fined for his criticism of Venables and publicly made it known that he was unsettled.

Roma sealed the deal on a permanent basis in July of the same year for £3.5m and although Dacourt is happy in Italy he has revealed how his time at Leeds has given him some of his best footballing memories.

"I still love Leeds," said Dacourt at Lucas Radebe's testimonial.

"We were a big club and everything was there. It was the best team I have played for because the standard was fantastic.

"I have not been back to Leeds since I left so it was good to come back because when I left I didn't have the time to say thank you to the fans. I had three very good years at Leeds but for some reason and everybody knows, I left.

"At the moment I do not want to come back to England but you never know in life. My life in Italy is beautiful. If Leeds get back into the Premiership maybe I will come back.

"The Champions League was great. We could have gone to the final but we will never know. That whole thing was unbelievable. I have never played in a club with such spirit and that was why we did so well.

"Five years ago you would never have thought of Leeds in the first division. It wasn't imaginable because we had all the best young players in the country and we had all the money so it's crazy."