New arrival on Leeds move.
Following the announcement Rasmus Kristensen will join Leeds United from Red Bull Salzburg on July 1st, he spoke exclusively to LUTV.
The Denmark international has agreed a five-year-deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2027 and becomes the club’s second signing of the transfer window.
Kristensen spoke about the lure of Leeds United and his delight at completing the move.
“When I heard about the interest I looked at the project and what was going on and I was never in doubt, I was 100 per cent convinced,” said Kristensen.
“It’s a huge historical club which is playing in the best league in the world and for me, it fits everything that I love about a football club.
“I know a lot of things about the club, where I am from, a small village, most of my father’s mates are Leeds fans.
“I want to compete against the best and I will do that here.
“I see myself as a physical, emotional power player, I like to go forward, run up and down the flank and I have a big engine for that.
“I’m a guy who puts 100 per cent effort in every time I’m on the pitch and I’ll die with my boots on.
“It’s been a great few days with the national team, playing games, flying in and out, it’s been busy but good.
“With the national team having four games in the Nations League, it fit in perfectly to come to Leeds in-between the two days with a day off from the national team coach, so I’m pleased and happy that everything is settled and everything is done.”
Kristensen links up again with Whites head coach Jesse Marsch who signed the full-back during his stint in charge of Salzburg and the full-back can’t wait to work with him once again.
He said: “I had a brilliant relationship with Jesse in Salzburg.
“I feel like I fit right into the philosophy and system that he wants to play and hopefully I can show that on the pitch.
“I’m really happy about my time in Salzburg, we were champions three times, won the cup three times and I got to play in the Champions League three times in a row.
“I think the three years that has led up to this moment to even be considered to be a Leeds player and being here today feels unreal.”
The Danish international is also looking forward to the prospect of playing at Elland Road in the near future.
“I’m blown away by the stadium,” said Kristensen.
“I’ve heard so much about it, so many tales and stories, but to be here in person is incredible.
“I’ve been told what the atmosphere is like and I can imagine, but I’ve been told it’s better than I can ever imagine, so I can’t wait to experience it on my own.”