By Michael Brown

8th Sep, 2020 | 8:53pm

'Fantastic' - Exclusive: Brown wowed by Leeds after big-name signings confirmed

Michael Brown says the fact Leeds United have so many players playing for their countries shows how far the club has come in a short period of time.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder says the positive feeling around the club has “been a long time coming”.

Marcelo Bielsa has added German international defender Robin Koch and Spanish international striker Rodrigo this summer.

Koch, 24, joined the club for a £12m fee from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg while Rodrigo became Leeds’ record signing after completing a move for Valencia.

The Yorkshire giants have paid the La Liga side an initial £27m fee for the 29-year-old but the deal totals £48m including wages, as revealed by Football Insider.

The pair faced off against each other last Friday when Rodrigo provided an assist for Spain injury time equaliser against Germany in the Nations League.

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Leeds academy graduate Kalvin Phillips also received his first call up to the England senior side this summer.

Asked by Football Insider whether having their new signings playing in a game of such high magnitude shows how far Leeds have come, Brown said: “It does.

“You always felt with this manager, with the correct backing, recruitment was going to be key.

“There’s a lot of excitement as we’re talking about internationals, with (Kalvin) Phillips as well. It is just such exciting times at Leeds United at the moment and it’s been a long time coming.

“It’s just fantastic to be talking about international players now at Leeds United.”

In other Leeds United news, a rival club has been tipped to sign Tyler Roberts after a major development.