Leeds United news as Patrick Bamford speaks on new deal as Whites linked with Celtic defender

Here are the Leeds United morning headlines on Friday, August 20, 2021.

Patrick Bamford speaks after signing new deal

Patrick Bamford has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at the club. The 27-year-old scored 17 goals and got eight assists in 38 appearances last season. After rumours of interest from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, the new deal will keep him at Leeds until 2026.

Speaking after signing the contract, he said: “There’s not been many times in my career that I’ve been settled as I am now, so it was important for me to get this tied down and I can concentrate on the season ahead.

“Ultimately, Leeds have got to be aiming to get back into Europe. I remember back in the days when they were in those competitions and they were a team everyone was frightened of. I think that’s got to be the ultimate aim for us.”

Marcelo Bielsa spells out target for first-team wannabes

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa pontificated on how younger players can step up to the first team during his pre-Everton press conference. According to the Argentine, the first sign that young players are ready is when senior players react differently to them.

“The first ones to perceive their possibilities is the group in the first-team when they see that there is a player who’s good for real.

“It’s not that they say it, you notice that when this happens, they want that player next to them, not behind them. I have lived this many times.”

Now the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh know what they need to do – impress their senior teammates.

Leeds linked with 17-year-old Celtic defender Leo Hjelde

Leeds are thought to be trying to sign Celtic defender Leo Hjelde. Only 17 years old, Hjelde has been let out on loan by Celtic to Scottish Premiership side Ross County, where he played over 1000 minutes of competitive action at centre-back and left-back, and scored his first senior goal.

Hjelde, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall, has represented Norway at U16, U17 and U18 level and is one of his country’s most highly rated prospects. Former Ross County manager John Hughes described him as “the next Virgil van Dijk”.

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