'Jokes made in the board room': Dan James gives instant reaction as Leeds complete £25m signing
Marcelo Bielsa has finally got Dan James at Leeds, a move two and a half years in the making. He spoke to Sky Sports (Tuesday, 4:20PM), after a deal was confirmed.
James, 23, has completed a £25million move to Elland Road from Manchester United. The Wales international has penned a deal until 2025.
It is close to breaking the £27million club-record fee Leeds paid to sign Rodrigo last summer. James is a player Marcelo Bielsa has always admired.
Back in January 2019, James was pictured holding a Leeds shirt with a move from Swansea close. But it fell through, as Swansea changed their mind.
Speaking to Sky Sports and reporter Keith Downie immediately after his move, James spoke of feeling “deja vu”, and jokes made in the board room.
“It feels great. I’m glad everything is over the line. It has been a whirlwind, a bit crazy – but I’m here now and I’m grateful for the club still showing interest in me from two and a half years ago,” James said.
I can’t wait to play in front of the fans. There has been interest since Swansea. It happened very quick, got my head around it and this is where I want to be. It feels brilliant, we made a couple of jokes in the board room – it feels like deja vu.
I’m looking forward to getting back and playing against Liverpool. It’s always nice to be liked by a top manager like Bielsa, it’s one of the main reasons I’m here,” the Wales ace continued.
James to Leeds: Finally, Whites get their man – perfect for Bielsa
Bielsa has added the perfect kind of player to his Leeds attack. Hard-working, honest, both flanks, goals, assists. He is ideal.
It is no surprise that the Argentine gaffer has wanted him ever since first encountering the Wales ace when Leeds played Swansea in his first season.
While Leeds have paid a pricey fee, he will really push the likes of Raphinha and Jack Harrison and give them proper competition.
A brilliant signing for Leeds, a brilliant move for James, and a brilliant bit of business from Manchester United to claw back the Cristiano Ronaldo fee.