By Michael Brown

29th Aug, 2020 | 12:00pm

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Michael Brown has tipped imminent Leeds United signing Rodrigo to settle quickly into life in the Premier League when his move is finalised.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown believes the Spaniard’s previous Premier League experience will help him.

Rodrigo, 29, spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers from Benfica where he played 15 Premier League games, scoring once.

Valencia announced on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement with Leeds for the transfer of Rodrigo but Leeds are yet to announce the signing.

This site revealed that the deal will cost £48m in total for Leeds, with an initial transfer fee of £27m.

The Whites have smashed their wage structure to secure Rodrigo’s signature, offering him a four-year £100,000-a-week contract.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Rodrigo’s previous Premier League experience with Bolton will aid him at Leeds, Brown said:

“That will help him, he was a young man then and he’ll be much better adapted now.

“When you’ve been over and you’ve witnessed it it helps. 

“It’s a big ask of players coming into this country and you see how they often say ‘it takes 12 months to settle’ but he’s had that start.

“It is still a different era and it will take a bit of time. Don’t expect too much straight away you have to understand that with the Premier League.

“But it’s exciting when it goes through.”

Rodrigo scored seven goals and registered 11 assists in 34 games across all competitions for Valencia last season.

In six seasons for Valencia, the forward has played 220 games, netting 59 goals and contributing 41 assists.

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips has said a Whites midfielder will be “on top of the world” after a major development.