I’m sorry United have gone down - Leon

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LEON Britton last night refuted suggestions that he left Sheffield United because he feared they would be relegated.

Instead the midfielder, who could face his former club when Micky Adams’ side travel to Swansea City tomorrow, insisted “personal” issues prompted January’s return to the Liberty Stadium.

Reflecting on his brief but eventful spell with the Blades, Britton said: “I didn’t leave because I thought they would be going down. It was just a case where I didn’t think things were working out on a personal level.

“I was missing Swansea and the things that I’d been used to.

“Obviously it’s worked out in the sense that they have gone down and we are in the play-offs. But it was a personal thing rather than jumping ship.”

Britton worked with four manager’s during his seven month stint at Bramall Lane before engineering a switch back to the principality in January.

While United are preparing for life in League One, fourth-placed Swansea are attempting to end their near 30 year exile from top-flight competition.

“It’s disappointing to see Sheffield United relegated,” added Britton. “They are a massive club who have done well in recent seasons and been in the Premier League themselves.

“But I’m sure things will change and they’ll look to bounce back. I hope they do.

“The start of the season didn’t go too well and they’ve been down there for pretty much all season. They’ve picked-up a few results recently but it was probably a bit too late.

“Relegation is probably no surprise for the fans because it hasn’t been the best of seasons.”