By Danny Wright
Leeds United recruitment expert Jakub Bokiej has confirmed that he has reached an agreement to join Manchester City and leave the Yorkshire giants.
Bokiej is the CEO of the Polish Football Academy and played a part in Mateusz Klich’s move to Elland Road in the summer as well as more recently young goalkeeper Kamil Miazek, who was offered a contract by the Whites after a trial earlier this month.
Bartosz Wisniewski has also been recruited by the Whites youth set-up through the Polish scout’s work.
Now, after his resounding success with Leeds, Premier League giants Man City have struck a deal with the scouting expert, something which he has admitted that was tough to turn down.
When asked about whether he has now left Leeds by Polish news outlet iGol, Bokiej said: “Yes, in order to develop the ‘Polish Football Academy’ project, personally I have to take steps forward, the clubs like Manchester City simply do not refuse, we quickly found a common language, and the proposal was satisfactory enough that we agreed in 48 hours.
“Manchester City has been watching the work we do at the academy for a long time, and we have often exchanged views on the most prosperous players. In June 2017 we officially started cooperation, thanks to which the club was already tested. 12-year-old Krzysztof Jarosz, and several competitors are very close to the City for another check.”
Leeds have made big changes to their recruitment set-up in recent months following the takeover by Andrea Radrizzani which has seen Victor Orta become director of football and offer a firm footing in the Spanish football market.
Samu Saiz was one of the star names to join the Whites in the summer while the academies of Barcelona and Real Madrid were raided in order to bolster the Under-23 side.
Oriel Rey, Adrian Balboa and highly-rated striker Kun Temenuzhkov are among the players that were introduced to the development squad.
In other Leeds United news, Neil Redfearn has urged Thomas Christiansen to recall this fringe player against Bristol City on Saturday.