Junior Firpo dedicates ‘many years’ to his future at Leeds United


Junior Firpo said he was “happy” at Leeds United, confident of his long-term future at the club.

The defender joined Los Blancos in the summer for a fee of £12.8m after going through a ‘difficult’ period in Spain with Barcelona.

The Dominican international and his family have settled in well in England.

“The family is really good,” Firpo said according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Luckily my wife loves Leeds and my kids love it too because they love all the great parks and all the places we can visit.

“I think we live in a good city, we are really happy here and I think Leeds gave me happiness again because in Barcelona it was a difficult time.

“We are really happy, we really appreciate our time and we expect to be here for many years and to enjoy it with all the fans and all the people here. They deserve it.”

real talent

Firpo’s quality is evident. Barcelona haven’t signed any former players and had his relationship with then-coach Ronald Koeman been better, he could still be with the Catalan giants.

Luckily for the Whites, that hasn’t been the case and they now have a real star on their hands.

He’s a great option for Marcelo Bielsa with his versatility. The left-back by trade recently spoke about his ability to play centre-back, which is a huge boost as Leeds look to make their squad more robust.

Despite his Catalan background, Firpo seems very settled in Elland Road, an ideal environment for him to flourish and develop further as a player.

Hopefully the situation remains as calm as it is now with the defender who left Barca due to his bad influence in the dressing room.

Bielsa won’t put up with any of this no matter how good you are, so hopefully the pair can maintain a good working relationship.

In other White news, Leeds United are in talks to sign Turin defender Ola Aina, an offer of £8.3m can seal the deal.

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