Leeds United have recently been linked with a move for VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj. As reported by Bild in Germany, Leeds were prepared to pay £7 million on the Kosovan midfield talent. The report suggested that Wolfsburg were willing to sell the player, as his contract was due to expire in 2020 and Norwich City were also keen on the 21-year-old.
Leeds fans were rightly excited about the report, as Rexhbecaj has impressed in the Bundesliga this season after breaking into the matchday squad.
However, Leeds fans can now forget about any potential signing of the versatile midfielder.
Because he has signed a new deal at the Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg confirmed as much on their official website and Twitter account. He is now contracted until 2023.
— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) May 6, 2019
The player has also spoken to the Wolfsburg website about the new deal, explaining why he decided to sign a new deal with his current club.
“I owe everything to VfL in the sporting arena. Here I was able to develop at a high level and in the best conditions. Wolfsburg has long since become our home for my family and me, which is why it quickly became clear to me that I would like to extend my contract here and do my best to continue the upward trend with VfL.”
It is an unfortunate development for Leeds who would have enjoyed to bring in the player. A versatile option, he would have been a perfect Marcelo Bielsa player.
However, the timing of this contract extension certainly casts the original report into doubt. It could have been a bargaining tool to force Wolfsburg into the extension, but that is certainly a cynical view.
Leeds United fans can expect plenty more of these reports as the summer months pass by.