Rasmus Kristensen, a defender for Red Bull Salzburg, has joined Leeds United as Jesse Marsch’s plan to rebuild Elland Road moves forward.
The West Yorkshire team barely avoided relegation from the Premier League in 2021-22. They kept their Premier League status by beating Brentford on the last day of the season, and Marsch wasted no time getting to work on reshaping his team.
Right-back Kristensen is Marsch’s second new player this summer. He got him from his old club Salzburg, where he also got US international Brenden Aaronson in a £25 million ($31 million) deal.
How much does Leeds pay Kristensen to join the team?
Leeds will spend around £10m ($12.5m) to bring Denmark international Kristensen to Elland Road. Coach Marsch and director of football Victor Orta are happy to spend the money to try to avoid last season’s struggles.
The Premier League team said in a statement, “Leeds United is happy to announce that an agreement has been reached with Red Bull Salzburg for the signing of Rasmus Kristensen. The deal will be finalized on July 1, 2022.”
“The Whites beat out other teams to sign the 24-year-old. He will join for an undisclosed fee and has agreed to a five-year deal at Elland Road that will last until the summer of 2027.”
How long does Kristensen’s deal at Leeds last?
Kristensen signed a five-year contract with Leeds on Wednesday after getting a physical there. This will keep the 24-year-old player there until the end of the 2026-27 season.
What did Kristensen say about the fact that he was going to Leeds?
Kristensen told LUTV about his move to the Premier League team, “When I heard they were interested, I looked into the project and what was going on, and I never had a doubt, I was 100 percent sure.”
“It’s a big club with a lot of history that plays in the best league in the world, and it’s everything I love in a football team.
“I know a lot about the club because where I come from, a small village, most of my father’s friends are Leeds fans.
“I want to compete with the best, and here is the place to do it.
“I see myself as a physical and emotional power player. I like to go forward, run up and down the flank, and I have a big engine for that.
“I’m a guy who gives it his all every time he’s on the field, and if I die with his boots on, he’ll be happy.
“I’ve had a great few days with the national team. We’ve played games and flown in and out.
“Because the national team had four games in the Nations League, it worked out perfectly to come to Leeds in the middle of the two days when the national team coach had a day off. I’m happy and glad that everything is settled and done.”
Jesse Marsch, who is the coach of Leeds, is sure that Kristensen will improve even more on the English team.
He said, “Rasmus is a player who has grown a lot in the last three years.”
“He became one of Red Bull Salzburg’s best players, a very good full-back in the Champions League, and a Dane who played for his country.
“I’m sure he’ll keep getting better and become a great fullback in the Premier League, too.”
Victor Orta, who is in charge of football, said that they had to beat out teams from the Champions League to get him.
“Other teams wanted him, including teams in the Champions League in the top five leagues, but he wants to prove himself in the best league in the world, which makes me very happy with the signing,” he said.
“Because of how well he played at Red Bull Salzburg, he is now one of the most important right-backs in Europe, and he plays for his country.
“He’s determined to learn the position, he’s tough and demanding, and he’s good with the ball. I hope fans will fall in love with him quickly. They want effort and quality, and he has both. He has chosen us because of that.”
Who is Rasmus Kristensen, the new player for Leeds?
Kristensen grew up with the Danish team FC Midtjylland, where he made his first-team debut at age 18. He then moved to Ajax in January 2018.
But he had trouble getting regular playing time in Amsterdam. He left Ajax after only a year and a half to join Salzburg before the 2019-20 season.
His first season in Austria was cut short by a hamstring injury, but he has been a regular for Salzburg ever since. In 2021-22, he had the best season of his career so far.
Last season, Kristensen played for Salzburg and scored 10 goals and set up 8 others. He was also captain of the team on a few occasions.
Kristensen stands out because of how good he is at attacking, but he may need to improve his defense if he wants to do well in the Premier League.
Kristensen made his debut for Denmark in September 2021. He is now a regular member of Kasper Hjulmand’s team and will play for his country at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Where will Kristensen fit in at Leeds?
Even though Leeds has a lot of options at right-back, Kristensen will likely be the first one picked, especially in the first few weeks of the season.
Luke Ayling is recovering from knee surgery and could miss at least the first month of the season. After breaking his leg against Manchester City in early May, Stuart Dallas is not likely to play again until 2022.
Cody Drameh, who was named Cardiff City’s Player of the Season for his strong play while on loan in the Championship last season, could be in the running. However, he is most likely to start the season as Kristensen’s backup.
Marsch likes to use a 4-2-2-2 formation, where the fullbacks do most of the attacking width. This makes Kristensen a good choice to keep the position even when Ayling comes back.
This could mean that Ayling, who used to train at Arsenal, moves to center-back, where he has filled in a few times over the past few seasons.
Who will Leeds sign next after Kristensen?
Even though Leeds got off to a quick start in the summer transfer window, they still need help in a number of positions.
Marsch is said to want to get a new striker and central midfielder, but a lot will depend on which players leave Elland Road this summer.
Raphinha is almost certainly going to leave. Barcelona is trying hard to bring Brazil international to Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana’s well-known financial problems are not helping the situation, even though personal terms have been agreed upon.
Liverpool has also been linked to the former Rennes winger, and Manchester United and Manchester City are both thought to be interested in the England midfielder Kalvin Phillips.