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I want to sign with Leeds and stay 2-3 years, declares popular centre-back Sol Bamba

Sol Bamba says he wants to sign permanently with Leeds United.

Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba has told Leeds United's official website he wants to stay at the club.

The centre-back is on loan from Serie A side Palermo, and has made an immediate impact, helping Leeds to win seven of their last 10 games.

A former Leicester City star, Bamba has settled instantly in the Championship, and says he is loving his time at Elland Road, and is hopeful a permanent deal can be struck.

He said: "I really hope that I’m going to stay. We are going to work really hard, me and the club, to find something.

"I can’t say too much at the moment or look too far ahead because I’m contracted to Palermo for two years so it depends on them. But the feeling I’ve got at the minute, and I’ve been speaking with people at the club, is that I don’t think they will make it difficult for me. Hopefully we’ll sort it out.

“I’m 30 now and at this stage of my career I want to settle. This is a big club so if I can stay here for another two or three years it will be great."

There are a number of players on loan at Leeds at present, but securing Bamba should by far the club's biggest priority.

The centre-back hailed the 'unbelievable' support the club has, citing it as a reason why he is so keen to stay, along with regular football, and his liking for the city of Leeds itself.

Bamba made only one appearance for Palermo after signing last summer, and in light of that, the Italian club are unlikely to make a big push to try to keep him, instead it will just come down to whether a financial agreement between themselves and Leeds can be struck, yet given they signed him on a free transfer, they are set to make a profit regardless.

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