Mateo Joseph: I want to return the confidence

Mateo Joseph: I want to return the confidence

Forward on new deal.

Mateo Joseph has signed a new contract with Leeds United, committing his future with the club until the summer of 2028.

Joseph joined the Whites in January 2022 and quickly showed his goal-scoring ability in the youth set-up at Thorp Arch, before then progressing into a first-team environment.

The 20-year-old striker, who has played six times for Daniel Farke’s first team so far this season, gave his thoughts after finalising his new deal.

He said: “It feels great to be part of a huge club like Leeds United.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life for me and my family, I just want to return the confidence that the club gave me, by on the pitch working hard.

“Last year I made my Premier League debut, so I was really happy.

“This year is going better, I started working hard, but I had an injury which was difficult for me, then I got back into the team and I am just trying to get more opportunities.

“I want to do well to keep playing, I think my game has developed a lot.

“Coming from another country with a different style, I had to get used to playing with the Under-18s, then the Under-21s, so I have developed.

“Now I have learnt from the likes of Patrick [Bamford] for example, how to hold up the ball, getting to see him every day is good for me.

“I am very thankful because we have a great atmosphere in the dressing room, everyone is trying to help everyone, I just have to say thank you to everyone.

“There is healthy competition, we try to do the best we can for the team and we train hard, we play and try to do things well and it’s a good thing for the club and the team, we work hard and we want to raise the levels.

“I now want to try to get more opportunities and when I get them, work had for the team, and try to help with goals or assists.

Joseph also spoke about the impact of manager Daniel Farke, following his arrival in the summer.

“The manager has also helped me a lot since he arrived.

“He said he was impressed with the young players and he is trying to help us to put in our mind that we have to deliver every day.

“We work every day with one thing in mind, it’s winning the next game, having the winning mentality.

“For me, I expect that and I want to work as hard as I can, like I did when I first came.”