Leeds United have officially confirmed the signing of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia for a club record fee, with the forward signing a four-year deal.
Due to Valencia’s current financial struggles, a number of first team stars have been linked with moves away. Rodrigo – who had been with Los Ches for six years – managed four goals and nine assists in La Liga last season, and now becomes the latest player to leave the club.
Leeds have now confirmed the arrival of the 29-year-old on their official website. The newly-promoted Premier League outfit are said to have paid an initial €30m, potentially rising to €40m with add-ons. Rodrigo has signed a deal until 2024.
A brief statement read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Rodrigo Moreno Machado from Valencia CF for a club record transfer fee. The 29-year-old who can operate as a winger or striker, has completed a medical and signed a four-year deal with the Whites, running until the summer of 2024.”
Rodrigo – who has 22 caps and eight goals to his name for Spain – has shared his delight having now officially completed his switch, explaining that he knew he wanted to join after just one phone call. He told the club’s website: “For me I’m really happy and very excited to join the club, this is an important season for all of us, coming back to the Premier League.
“For me this is a new step in my career and I want to help the team achieve the goals of the season. Leeds have been working for almost two weeks on this deal with Valencia and from the first time Victor talked to me, I knew I wanted this new challenge with Leeds, a historic club.”
The striker was also keen to highlight the role of Marcelo Bielsa in helping make his decision, describing the Argentine as one of the best in the business.
“Of course Marcelo Bielsa is one of the best coaches in football at this moment, he has done important things at different clubs and I’m excited to learn from him, improve my football with hard work and teamwork and I hope we can do important things this season.”
Rodrigo does, of course, have Premier League experience already, having spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Bolton. Still only a teenager at the time and gaining his first experience of first team football in a top division, Rodrigo struggled to make many starts in the league. However, his promising displays persuaded then-manager Owen Coyle to make an attempt to sign him permanently.
Now back in England, Rodrigo will be hoping to help guide Leeds towards a successful campaign in the top flight. Having now officially confirmed the signing, the Peacocks will look to seal a deal for Robin Koch, while the club are also said to be interested in Lazio’s Luiz Felipe.