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Daniel James leaves Man Utd for Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa finally lands Welshman

Daniel James leaves Man Utd for Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa finally lands Welshman

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The winger had seemed set to move to Elland Road from Swansea back in January 2019, and was even photographed with the club’s shirt, only for the deal to collapse

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Daniel James has joined Leeds United from Manchester United on a permanent deal for a fee of around £25m, almost three years after he had first appeared to be heading to Elland Road.

The Wales winger conducted interviews with club media and even posed with a Leeds shirt back in January 2019, only for the terms of his switch from Swansea to fall through.

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He ended up staying in south Wales until the end of the 2018-19 season, before completing a £15million switch to Manchester United.

James, who has 24 caps for Wales, started well at Old Trafford, but ended up being squeezed out of the side by the likes of Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani, with this summer’s signings of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo further affecting his game-time.


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James leaves United after two full seasons with the club
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Surprisingly, he did start the 1-0 win at Wolves on Sunday, but after an early withdrawal for Cavani that has proven to be his final appearance for the club.

All in all the 23-year-old made 74 appearances for United in all competitions, scoring nine goals.

“Leeds United is delighted to confirm the signing of Daniel James from Manchester United,” said the Yorkshire club in a statement.

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“The winger was close to joining Leeds during the 2018/19 Championship season and has continued to impress through his hard-working nature and lightning pace.

“The Whites have now secured the Wales international on a five-year contract, which will run until the summer of 2026, for an undisclosed fee.”

Leeds director of football Victor Orta said: “I have to say a huge thank you to my team firstly – the football department have been monitoring Daniel for a number of years and every member of my team has worked hard to get this deal over the line.

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“It is no secret that Daniel is a player we have been keen to acquire for a number of years and today we achieved our goal.

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“As a player we feel Daniel is an excellent fit for a Marcelo Bielsa team, he is quick, direct and works hard – we look forward to him joining up with the squad, finally!”


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Speaking to Sky Sports News, James said: “It feels great to get it over the line and I can now move forward. It’s been a whirlwind for me, it’s been a crazy time but I’m here now.

“I’m grateful for the club for being interested in me and believing in me, which is proven by what they did two and a half years ago.

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“I’m happy to be here now and playing in front of these fans.”



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