Exclusive: Danny Mills raves over 'Very good' Leeds transfer move
Danny Mills says that Leeds United must have signed a “very good” player in Ian Poveda if Pep Guardiola was willing to give him to Marcelo Bielsa.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Manchester City boss would have only allowed the winger to move to Elland Road if he thought he would suit the manager’s system.
Leeds announced the arrival of the 19-year-old on Friday afternoon, the former Barcelona youth player putting pen to paper on a deal which runs until 2024.
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Mills says that the already established relationship between managers Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiloa will mean the Whites know everything there is about the young attacker and that he must be a good player as a result.
“I’m sure Bielsa will have spoke to Guardiola, they talk a lot, they speak regularly” Mills told Football Insider.
“Guardiola holds Bielsa in very, very high regard so I’m sure they would have spoken about this player, Pep knows everything about every player at his club, right down through the levels.
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“If Guardiola says: ‘Yes, he’s suitable for you and you can have him,’ he must be a very good player.”
Poveda made just one first-team appearance during his time at the Etihad, playing the full 90 minutes in the League Cup semi-final second leg win over Burton Albion last season.
He arrived in England at Brentford after leaving Barcelona’s youth system, joining City’s under-18s in 2016.
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