Leeds United splash out £8.5m to sign Denmark defender Kristensen from RB Salzburg

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Leeds sign Kristensen Credit: PA Images
Leeds sign Kristensen Credit: PA Images

Leeds United have signed Denmark international Rasmus Kristensen from RB Salzburg, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old has agreed a five-year deal and he will officially join Leeds United on July 1.

Kristensen is Leeds’ second summer signing following the arrival of Brenden Aaronson. Both players have come in from Jesse Marsch’s old club RB Salzburg.

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Leeds have not disclosed the fee paid but reports have suggested it could be around £8.5million.

Marsch, who coached Salzburg from 2019-21 before moving to their sister club RB Leipzig, said: “Rasmus is a player who developed a lot over the last three years.

“He established himself at Red Bull Salzburg as one of their best players, a very good Champions League full-back, and a Danish international.

“I am totally convinced that he will continue to grow into a great Premier League full-back as well.”

Kristensen, who has previously played for Ajax, had been linked with Borussia Dortmund while Brentford were also reported to be interested.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta told the club’s website: “Other teams wanted him, including teams playing in the Champions League in the top five leagues, but he wants to prove himself in the best league in the world and this makes me very happy with the signing.

“His performances at Red Bull Salzburg made him one of the most influential right-backs in Europe and now in the line-up of his country.

“He has a determination to understand the position, he’s physical, demanding, has a high level with the ball and I hope he is a player fans will fall in love with quickly. They demand effort and quality, he has both things and he has chosen us.”

The two deals, with United States midfielder Aaronson coming in for a reported £22.2million, underline Leeds’ determination to strengthen after only avoiding relegation from the Premier League on the final day of last season.

 

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