Leeds United signs Diego Llorente
Newly promoted English Premier League side Leeds United have completed the signing of Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente on a four-y Signing from ear deal for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be around £18m. The Spain international will provide competition for centre-backs Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk.
The former 27-year-old Real Madrid player can also play in the midfield position. He is the newly-promoted side’s fourth major signing of the summer following their Championship title win last season. Leeds have spent significant money, including a club-record £26m for Valencia forward Rodrigo, £13m on Freiburg defender Koch, and £16m on ex-Wolves winger Helder Costa.
Diego Llorente commenting on his new signing said: “It was a difficult decision for me and my family [to leave Sociedad] but I have taken the best decision of my football career.” “The coach [Marcelo Bielsa] has been an important factor. I can improve under him and it will be an honour to learn from him.”
“I spoke with Pablo [Hernandez] a few days ago. He told me about the city and the team, and I have also played with Rodrigo in the national team.” Marcelo Bielsa’s side has conceded seven goals in their first two Premier League games, losing 4-3 to Liverpool on their Matchday 1 game and beating Fulham in their Matchday 2 4-3. Llorente, who will wear the number 14 shirt, has won five international caps for Spain already.