Leeds United were reportedly in the hunt for Canadian talent Jonathan David this summer. As summarised by Get French Football News, Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani tried to use his good relationship with Belgian agent Mogi Byat to secure the player, and a €35 million (£32m) bid was launched for the Gent star.
However, David has headed to France, joining Lille, with GFFN suggesting he had his heart set on the move after a conversation with enigmatic sporting director Luis Campos.
Now, the player has also spoken about why he decided not to join a Premier League side, with several other clubs in England previously being linked with the player.
“Everyone knows the Premier League is a high-quality league,” he explained to France Bleu. “But my choice was dictated by the fact that I wanted above all to be sure of playing.”
So it seems that David’s desire for guaranteed first-team football was key to his Lille decision.
David is expected to replace Victor Osimhen at Les Dogues, after the Nigerian international headed to Napoli this summer.
At Leeds, David might have felt his chances of first-team football were impacted by the presence of Marcelo Bielsa favourite Patrick Bamford.
Whilst not a potent threat in front of goal, the frontman’s energy and tireless displays have made him a key player for the Leeds boss and it seems unlikely he will be dropping out of the Leeds first XI anytime soon whilst the Argentine remains in charge.
So David might be right to decide the best move for his future was to join Lille and continue his progression.