Former Leeds favourite Max Gradel comments on his summer return to England

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Max Gradel looks set to return to England this summer, four years after leaving Leeds United.

Quoted by SportWitness, Gradel commented on his summer return to L’Equipe, admitting that England is like a second home to him, and playing in England again is his ‘preference’.

The 27-year-old winger said: “This is my second country. England welcomed me, passed, trusted and allowed me to fulfil my dream of becoming a professional footballer. This country is my preference in my heart. It is not a secret.”

It certainly sounds as if Gradel is angling for a move back to England this summer, having played for Leeds and Leicester prior to moving to St-Etienne, and last week it was reported on the Ligue 1 club’s official website that he would be leaving this summer.

Despite scoring 15 goals in 30 games, and leading the club on a fight for European football, the Ivorian is unhappy at the club, and head coach Christophe Galtier confirmed that he wanted to leave, and that the club would help him look for a new team based in England.

With no offence to Leeds, Gradel has undoubted quality to perform in the Premier League, and it is unlikely that he would look to drop down to the Championship after his spell in France.

A host of top flight clubs will undoubtedly show an interest in a player who has international experience, a solid goal record, and is still only 27-years-old, and it would be no surprise to see his move to a high end Premier League team before the summer is out.

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