Caleb Ekuban says he would 'love' to leave Leeds

Christian Luyindama (L) of Galatasaray in action against Caleb Ekuban (18) of Trabzonspor during Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Galatasaray and Trabzonspor at Turk Telekom Stadium...

Ekuban is currently on loan from Leeds at Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Christian Luyindama (L) of Galatasaray in action against Caleb Ekuban (18) of Trabzonspor during Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Galatasaray and Trabzonspor at Turk Telekom Stadium...

Caleb Ekuban has told Turkish outlet Fotomac that he would love to join Trabzonspor beyond the end of the season, leaving Leeds United permanently at the end of his loan deal.

Ekuban, 24, has been in excellent form for Trabzonspor since joining the club last summer on loan from Leeds. He has scored seven goals and created two more in his 22 league and cup appearances.

Predominantly a striker at Leeds, Ekuban has also shown a new-found versatility in his play. He has featured on both wings for Trabzonspor, his natural position as a striker but perhaps most surprisingly as a number 10.

 

Ekuban claimed in an interview with Fotomac that he would "love" to join Trabzonspor permanently, meaning he would have to leave Leeds this summer. It is believed his loan at Trabzonspor includes a permanent clause.

"I would love to continue with this club," Ekuban said. "I see my performance at 60 percent at the moment, because I'm slowly getting used to it.

"I'm very happy if Trabzonspor call me to discuss a permanent deal at the end of the season, because I am very happy here and it feels so good to be in this team. To emphasise, my priority is always to work hard and do my job properly."

Caleb Ekuban of Trabzonspor in action during the Turkish Super Lig football match between Trabzonspor and MKE Ankaragucu at the Medical Park Stadium in Trabzon, Turkey on February 02, 2019.

Ekuban joined Leeds from Serie A side Chievo last summer, but managed just two goals in 22 games. A number of foot injuries and simply being off the pace saw him ostracised by Marcelo Bielsa, and sent out on loan.

Miliyet claimed that the permanent clause in Ekuban's loan contract is worth just £900,000, despite his excellent SuperLig form. Following Ekuban's comments, that clause could indeed be struck.

Caleb Ekuban (2nd L) of Trabzonspor in action against Muhammed Ali Dogan (R) of Balkesirspor Baltok during the Ziraat Turkish Cup match between Trabzonspor and Balkesirspor Baltok at...

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