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Daniel James moved to Leeds United

Manchester United winger Daniel James has signed a five-year contract with Leeds United. Newly promoted Premier League club Leeds United has announced the permanent signing of James after failing to complete in January 2019. 

Over two years ago James almost joined Leeds United but continued to stay at Swansea City and later that year in June he joined Manchester United. The 23-year-old, who had a medical on Tuesday, joins Elland Road for a football transfer fee of £25 million on a five-year contract. 

In this new season, James started two of United’s first three Premier League games, including last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wolves, but his playing time is expected to be more limited this season.

For this month’s international games James is included in the Wales squad. Wales will play a friendly against Finland and World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia, but he hopes to make his Leeds debut against Liverpool on September 12 at Elland Road.

James, who agreed on a football transfer, said: “for me and my career as a footballer, it’s an absolutely right decision. I had an incredible time [at Manchester United]. I made great friends, the staff and fans were amazing to me. It’s time for me to move on. I can’t wait.”

“I am a different player. The last time I signed here, I only played half a season. I have games under my belt at the highest level and I think I can add something here,” he added. 

James became Leeds’ eighth signing over the summer transfer window and will wear the number 20 jersey. “The football department has been monitoring Daniels for many years and every member of my team has worked hard to cross that line,” Leeds football director Victor Orta told the club’s website as he spoke on the football news.

“It is no secret that Daniel is a player we have wanted to achieve for many years and today we have reached our goal. As a player, we think Daniil Marcelo is a great fit for the Bielsa team, he is quick, direct and hard-working – we look forward to finally joining the team!”

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