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Tootle tipped to leave Crewe

Crewe's director of football Dario Gradi is expecting skipper Matt Tootle to leave the club in the summer.

Tootle, 23, crowned an impressive season for the Alex by scooping both the players' and fans' player of the year awards.

"I would be surprised if we didn't lose our captain Matt Tootle this summer," Gradi told the club's official website.

"Matt is ready to move on, but I suppose there is not as much glamour for full-backs as there are for strikers.

"He could certainly play in the league above and I think he could play in the Premier League.

"If he is up to that standard we would have to wait and see, but it would certainly be interesting."

Gradi added: "His temperament is excellent and he reads the game well.

"He is a really exciting attacking full-back, who is defensively sound as well.

"It will be interesting to see how far a player like Matt can go in the game, but I think he is certainly ready for the next step."