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Hadi Sacko explains Leeds United move

Leeds' Sol Bamba

Hadi Sacko recently joined Leeds United on a season-long loan deal from Sporting Lisbon in the summer transfer window.

Hadi Sacko at BordeauxHadi Sacko at Bordeaux

Leeds United attacker Hadi Sacko has explained to the club’s official website how his move to the club came about.

Earlier this month, Sacko joined Championship club Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

The 22-year-old is a versatile footballer who can play as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker.

The youngster has explained how his move from Sporting to Leeds came about.

Sacko has also suggested that he spoke to Leeds defender Sol Bamba before switching to the West Yorkshire outfit.

Leeds' Sol BambaLeeds United's Sol Bamba

“My agent called me to say there might be an interest from Leeds,” Sacko told Leeds’s official website. “I’d watched quite a few games and I’ve talked with Sol – I think the league is good for me.

“We did the deal quite quickly and then I arrived the day before we went to pre-season, so that was perfect for me.

"The goal was to come here as quickly as possible for the pre-season tour so I could spend time with my new team-mates and get to know them."

Leeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant refereeLeeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant referee

Sacko is a talented young attacker, and he has also started pre-season training with his Leeds teammates.

It could take a while for the 22-year-old to get used to the rigours of the Championship, but the fans should be optimistic.

The Whites endured a disappointing 2015-16 season, but they will be aiming for the Championship playoffs during the 2016-17 campaign.

Bamba will play an important role for Leeds next season, with the 31-year-old centre-back a senior figure in the team.

The Ivory Coast international scored four goals and created four chances in 29 Championship appearances for the Whites last season.

The defender had a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 29%, and won 106 headers, 22 dribbles and 60 tackles.

Middlesbrough's Jozsef Varga and Bordeaux's Hadi Sacko in actionJozsef Varga and Hadi Sacko in action

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