'Would love him' - Leeds fans react to direct Twitter message to them from PL winger
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans on Twitter urged Max Gradel to “come home” after he sent a message expressing his adoration for the Elland Road faithful.
Gradel took to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday to admit his “love” for Leeds shortly after a report that he is keen to quit Bournemouth this summer.
The winger, 29, has had a miserable time on the south coast since joining for £7million from French club St Etienne in the summer of 2015.
The BBC Sport website claims Gradel wants to leave Bournemouth and join a club where he can play regularly.
This prompted interest from Leeds supporters, who fondly remember his two-year spell at the club from 2009 to 2011, including his central role in their promotion from League One to the Championship.
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Gradel responded by telling Leeds fans “Max love you too” in a message on Twitter.
— Maxi Alain Gradel (@maxigr04del) April 18, 2017
In turn, Leeds supporters urged the Ivory Coast international to swap the south coast for a romantic return to Yorkshire.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Rumoydin (@Rumoydin) April 19, 2017
— Tom Elvidge (@Elvidge501) April 19, 2017
— Chris Wood FC (@CharlieEllzz) April 19, 2017
— Phil Hardaker (@philjh1975) April 19, 2017
— Mr Geldard (@MrJGeldard) April 19, 2017
— Jake (@jakegre13) April 18, 2017
— Jess (@jesslufcx) April 19, 2017
Gradel made 82 appearances for Leeds during his time at the club, in which he scored 25 goals and laid on a further 13 assists.
He starred as the club won promotion from League One back in 2010 and Gradel could be a realistic target if the Yorkshire giants return to the top-flight, or even remain in the Championship in the next campaign.
Gradel has had just 105 minutes of Premier League action this season and has not started a single game in the competition for Bournemouth.
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