Dons’ want-away McFadzean ‘won’t be sold to rivals’ Sheffield United

MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean (5)  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PSI-1619-0004
MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean (5) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PSI-1619-0004

Dons defender Kyle McFadzean will not be sold to Sheffield United after he handed in a transfer request last week.

The 29-year-old centre back has been heavily linked to his boyhood club over the summer, and issued manager Karl Robinson with a request to leave stadium:mk in a bid to prompt the move.

READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE: McFadzean hands in transfer request amidst Sheffield United rumours
McFadzean, who joined Dons in summer 2014 and helped the club win promotion to the Championship in his first season, played 44 times in the second tier last year as Dons were relegated back to League 1.

But after rumours began to gather pace about a return to Bramall Lane, where he went through the academy, McFadzean has asked for a move away from stadium:mk.

Robinson though is adamant that the centre-back will only be sold if the deal is right, and it will not be to a division rival.

“You don’t get that amount of smoke without fire,” Robinson said. “Every player is for sale when the sale makes the team better and doesn’t negate us, or strengthen someone else in our league. If it makes us better, the player is for sale. If a player moves on to a Championship team for the money that can strengthen us, then it’s fine.

“I don’t care if it makes a player unhappy - he can sit in the reserves. MK Dons are bigger than any of us and it’ll be here longer than any of us. No-one is for sale to a competitor.

“If they don’t want to turn up and get fined, then fine. It’s not got to that with Kyle yet.

“But if someone doesn’t want to be here, then their agent needs to do some work, and there needs to be a price on his head to allow this team to improve.

“If the players don’t want to be here, the price has to be right.”