He may be a nice guy, but Brian aint a sucker. He chose his words VERY carefully when asked about the possibility of Byram being sold at the end of the season. Look again if you thought he said that definitely wasn't going to happen!
NGB's exact words were: "From our point of view, my point of view, absolutely, 100%, I would
expect Sam to be playing for us next season. He will get better and he will improve at Leeds, there is no doubt about that. He's a Leeds boy - the fans love him, the staff love him, the players love him."
Now where does it say that Byram will not be sold? He will be playing at Leeds next season, but that does not mean he will not be sold! Man City have no need for him next season, but boy could GFH Capital do with a ten million quid cash injection.
So the solution? Well the Zaha deal will probably be the template. Leeds sell him and retain use of him for another season; Man City land a top young British talent; and Byram becomes a very wealthy young man overnight.
And Brian has been absolutely honest with the fans he adores!