Palermo-owned Sol Bamba wants long-term Leeds United stay

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Sol Bamba is currently on loan at Leeds United from Palermo.

Sol Bamba has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he wants to sign a permanent contract with Leeds United in the summer.

The 30-year-old defender joined the Championship outfit on loan from Italian club Palermo in the January transfer window.

The Ivory Coast international’s loan deal at Leeds is due to run out at the end of the season, but the former Leicester City centre-back wants to remain at Elland Road beyond that.

“I couldn’t ask for any more here,” Bamba told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’ve come back to a big club like Leeds in a league I know, playing in front of thousands of people. Hopefully I can stay many more years. To be part of it is one of the best feelings.”

Bamba’s intention to remain at Leeds will come as good news to the club’s fans.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Dunfermline Athletic defender has been superb for the West Yorkshire outfit so far, as proved by the following Opta Stats table.

  Total TackleWon TackleTotal ClearanceInterceptionError Lead To GoalError Lead To ShotAppearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba 15 12 48 24 0 0 5 450

Stats do not always tell the entire story, of course. What Bamba has done since his arrival at Leeds is make the defence more solid and stable.

The 30-year-old’s intelligence and experience has been crucial in Leeds’s recent upturn in form, and one suspects that he is only going to gain more importance in the team in the coming weeks.

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