By Danny Wright
Leeds United playmaker Samuel Saiz has revealed that he had offers to join Spanish sides before he chose to move to Elland Road in the summer.
Saiz, 26, was arguably the Whites’ marquee signing in the transfer window when he moved from second-tier side Huesca in a deal that was masterminded by director of football Victor Orta.
The Spanish midfielder has explained that Orta was key to him making a move to Leeds, simply because of how much of a fan the recruitment expert was of him.
Saiz also believes that the draw of playing for a club with a huge fanbase like Leeds was too hard to turn down, even though they are in the Championship.
“The sporting director of Leeds, Victor Orta, was following me a long time and every player likes to feel loved,” he said to Spanish news outlet Marca.
“I had offers in Spain, but Leeds, even if it is in the second tier, is a great club with a lot of history.
“In Elland Road there are always 40,000 people cheering us and out of the house they travel almost 5,000.”
Saiz has been in sensational form for Leeds this season and has easily been one of the best performers in Thomas Christiansen’s squad, that underwent a big overhaul in the summer.
Even though the Whites’ form has waned in the last couple of months, Saiz’s hasn’t, even though he has been changed into play more of a wide role, away from his natural position in behind the striker.
He has made 16 appearances across all competitions since joining Leeds, scoring eight goals and supplying three assists in the process.
The ex-Atletico Madrid prodigy scored a hat-trick on his debut for the Yorkshire giants against Port Vale in the League Cup and recently scored a brace against Bristol City while playing on the left wing.
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