14 August 2007 :: by
ormer Leeds United and Republic of Ireland defender Ian Harte has left Levante by 'mutual consent'.
Ian spent nine years at Elland Road but like many players he transferred out when Leeds were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2003-04 season. Unlike many of the players he didn't move on a free transfer because of high 'Ridsdale' wages, Leeds actually received a fee of £1 million for Ian.
Harte was adopted by the Levante fans who quickly nicknamed the friendly Irishman, 'The Bull'. Unfortunately for the fans and for Ian injuries limited the popular Irishman to just sixty-six games in three seasons. Now nearing thirty years of age Harte still has much to offer English football and he may rejoin his former captain, Dom Matteo in a move to Stoke City.
Ian Harte is famously the nephew of Gary Kelly the Leeds United Irish right-back who retired at the end of the 2006-07 season after relegation the League One.