Leeds United transfer target Zan Benedicic has revealed his first target at Elland Road before even signing for the club.
The AC Milan midfielder has confirmed that he is just ‘one step away’ from becoming a Leeds player and says that his first aim will be to break into the first team.
"We are waiting all the documents and the last confirmations, then I will sign,” he said to the Italian media. “I am one step away from becoming a Leeds player. This opportunity is very good to me."
"They [Leeds] wanted me intensely and I always liked English football. My first goal? To achieve a place in the starting eleven.”
The 18-year-old should have no trouble doing that if he performs as expected, either.
Benedicic is considered one of Milan’s finest prospects, but this will be his first real taste of first team football, as he is still waiting to make his debut for the Italian giants, and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to life in England’s second tier.
He is an attacking midfielder known for his creativity and flair, so will have to quickly show that he is capable of perfoming in a league as fast paced and physical as the Championship if he is to achieve his aim.
In signing he will continue to make the Leeds squad look even more cosmopolitan. Since the takeover of the club by Massimo Cellino, he has used his contacts across his homeland to secure deals and Benedicic will become the fifth player to join up from an Italian side this summer.
Most of the deals struck so far have been loan bids, rather than permanent additions, but Leeds do have plenty of money following the sale of Ross McCormack if they do wish to spend it.
Benedicic could be partnered in midfield this season by another potential signing Federico Viviani, who is expected to join Elland Road in the near future, whilst Rodolph Austin is likely to provide the steel in the middle of the park for David Hockaday’s men for their upcoming campaign.