Sol Bamba admits tough Leeds United negotiations, but his family were desperate for move

The Leeds captain joined permanently from Palermo this summer.

Leeds United managed to bring in Sol Bamba this summer, after the Ivorian enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Elland Road from Palermo last term.

The imposing defender has also been handed the captaincy at the club after a summer of protracted negotiations.

It took Leeds some time to get a deal over the line for Bamba, with negotiations long and laborious.

However, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday, Bamba has made it clear he always wanted a return to Leeds this summer.

He said:

“In my mind there was never any doubt that I wanted to come back here. I couldn’t have made that any clearer. I had a few offers but my target, my number one priority, was always to come back to Leeds.

“You don’t know if it will work out because nothing’s certain and these things always take time. It wasn’t totally easy but that’s negotiations and on both sides we wanted to get it done. At the end we did a deal so I’m very happy. I’d have been really disappointed if it hadn’t gone through. My family were desperate to come here too.”

Bamba will be hoping for more success in his new permanent destination than was the case at Italian side Palermo.

He spoke about his time in Italy, where he played just the one Serie A game, admitting it had good and bad points:

“To be fair I don’t know what went on there.

“It was a good experience in some ways because I learned Italian and my kids did too. But from a footballing point of view it wasn’t what I expected."

“I was supposed to be there to play but I didn’t have any chance at all. It was very strange. But a bad thing led to a good thing because I’m at Leeds now.

Bamba should have no such problems at Leeds this campaign. Named the captain, he and Giuseppe Bellusci look like forming one of the more competent central defensive partnerships in the Championship this term.

Leeds will be hoping that base can be the foundation for a potential promotion campaign this time around.

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