Mehdi Abeid’s past comments encouraging for Leeds United

Dijon's French-Algerian midfielder Mehdi Abeid celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Dijon on December 2, 2018 at the...

Leeds United are reportedly interested in former Newcastle United midfielder Mehdi Abeid.


Dijon's French-Algerian midfielder Mehdi Abeid (R) vies with Bordeaux's Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil (L) during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Dijon on January 20,...

Leeds United are interested in signing Mehdi Abeid from Dijon FCO in the January transfer window, according to France Football, and the former Newcastle United midfielder’s previous comments about playing in England again will be encouraging for the Championship club.

Abeid has played in England before, having been on the books of Newcastle from 2011 until 2015 before he was sold to Greek giants Panathinaikos.

 

The Algeria international midfielder failed to make a massive impact during his time at St. James’ Park, but the 26-year-old admitted back in January 2017 that he would love to return to England.

The Daily Mail quoted Abeid as saying in January 2017: “Yes, I am looking to come back. I don’t know if I should say that here, but it’s in my plan to go back to the Premier League.”

Bordeaux's Nigerian forward Samuel Kalu (L) vies with Dijon's French-Algerian midfielder Mehdi Abeid (R) during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Dijon on January 20, 2019...

Leeds are not playing in the Premier League at the moment, but the West Yorkshire outfit could well find themselves in the top flight of English football next season.

Under head coach Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds are going strong in the Championship at the moment and are currently at the top of the league table.

Joining Leeds will allow Abeid the chance to play in the Premier League in the future, just as he said that he wants two years ago.

Dijon's French-Algerian midfielder Mehdi Abeid (L) vies with Bordeaux's French forward Jimmy Briand (R) during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Dijon on January 20, 2019...

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