Mustapha Carayol explains his decision to join Leeds, comments on Elland Road atmosphere

Mustapha Carayol has joined Leeds United on loan from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Newly-signed Leeds United winger Mustapha Carayol has explained on the club’s official website why he has joined the Whites.

Carayol has moved to Leeds from Championship rivals Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.

“This is a great opportunity for me to come here and hopefully play some regular football at a very big club,” the 27-year-old has told Leeds’ official website. “I know the gaffer (Steve Evens) and Paul Raynor from my time at Crawley and I am looking forward to working with both of them again here.

“It was a move which happened very quickly and one which I am delighted to have been able to finalise so soon. I’m looking forward to meeting up with the lads, I’ve got my first training session this morning and I’m available to play in the cup should I be picked.”

Carayol is eligible to play for Leeds against Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The Gambia international has stated that he is looking forward to making his debut for the Whites at Elland Road.

“I’d love to make my debut at Elland Road in front of the Leeds United supporters,” said the former Bristol Rovers winger. “I’ve played there before and I know what it’s all about. It’s a special place to play football.”

Carayol has been on the books of Middlesbrough since 2012 and has a contract until June 2017. The winger was on loan at Huddersfield Town for the first half of the 2015-16 season.

The former Lincoln City man scored three goals and created 25 chances in 15 Championship appearances for Huddersfield.

Carayol had a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 83%, and won five headers, 11 dribbles and 18 tackles.

Middlesbrough are at the top of the Championship table at the moment, while Huddersfield and Leeds are 18th and 13th respectively.

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