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Bamford ends transfer speculation to sign new Leeds contract

Bamford ends transfer speculation to sign new Leeds contract

23/08/2021; 6:24 AM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been the subject of interest from several clubs this summer. Bamford was linked to London side Tottenham early in the summer, but nothing came of it. Tottenham were hoping to land the Leeds man as a potential replacement for Kane, with the latter subject of strong interest from Manchester City.

To fend off other clubs who might be interested in luring him away from Elland Road, Leeds United have been able to get the Lincolnshire born player to commit his long term future to the Whites.

Bamford signed the contract extension, which will see him stay at the club till 2026.

The 27-year-old forward who joined from Middlesborough in 2018 after loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley has managed to become a key figure in Marcelo Bielsa's team.

He helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 2020, and his goals were key to helping the Whites finish a decent ninth on the log. His contract extension means that unless an irresistible offer arrives, the prime of his career will be spent at Yorkshire.

Bamford's journey to Leeds United

Bamford joined Chelsea in 2012 at the age of 18 for a fee of £1.5m. He signed a five-year deal on January 31 back in 2012. Bamford couldn't force his way into the main team even after a three-year contract extension in 2015.

He then went on several loans to Milton Keynes Dons in 2012. Derby County followed in 2014, and then another loan spell at Middlesbrough in August 2014. Bamford enjoyed loan spells at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley, and Middlesbrough before he was offloaded to Leeds United on a permanent move in 2018.

Are Leeds United really Bamfords' future?

Many strikers would have looked forward to a future at a big club playing for the most important trophies. Usually, that's the way it works. It's called ambition.

Bamford is an ambitious player and is hopeful he can galvanize the team to European qualification. For now, he is glad that he has settled his long term future by committing to the Whites.

He told LUTV that he spoke about his contract last season, and he wanted it sorted quickly. He pointed out that it dragged a bit because of the Euros, but he is happy with how it panned out.

The forward spoke about his ambitions. He wants to improve and claims he and the club are almost growing at the same rate.

He said Leeds' ambitions match his own as they both want to get back to playing European football.

When asked about making the England squad ahead of that 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he responded affirmatively, saying he would like to make the English national team and play European football.

Bamford has a decent record at Leeds, scoring 43 goals in 111 matches across all competitions. Of the 43 goals he scored, 17 came in the league last season.

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