Brenden Aaronson’s move to Leeds was announced on Thursday evening, perhaps surprisingly quickly after reports emerged he would be undergoing a medical that day and here are the highlights of his arrival.

Leeds to return to Champions League?

Aaronson is confident that Leeds can return to the big time of the Champions League, as they were back in 2001. He believes the “family feel” of the club can take his new side far.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think so [return to the Champions League]. Behind the scenes, with the family feel you get at this club, I think this club can go really far.”

A cafe in Vienna

Aaronson was asked about watching Leeds take on Brentford on Sunday, in which Jack Harrison scored a late winner to keep the Yorkshore side in the Premier League. He shared a story, from a cafe in Vienna.

“This last month had me sweating a little bit. We were in Vienna at the time, and me and my girlfriend were in a cafe. I was pacing around, sweating, it was tough to watch, but they got the win.”

Gelhardt and Bate

The new Leeds signing is only 21. He has cost £24million and is likely to be a regular member of the Leeds side next season, despite his age. But he is well aware of the quality of those similar to his age, already at Leeds.

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“It’s very exciting. Seeing some of the talents coming through right now, it is amazing. Joe Gelhardt, Lewis Bate, a few other younger players that are killing it. They’re getting trust from Jesse and it’s exciting.”

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The midfielder says he is “humble” to be the latest signing, hopefully one of many at Elland Road this summer. Aaronson finally fills the gap of an attacking midfielder Leeds have lacked for some time.

Marsch and Orta praise

Jesse Marsch worked alongside Aaronson at Salzburg, and Victor Orta has been keen to sign Aaronson for some time. Both spoke after the arrival, underlining he is the perfect fit for Leeds.

Orta: “He will improve the squad and we are really happy, it is very difficult to find a young player of this level, especially with Champions League experience. He is the perfect player fit for us.”

Marsch: “Brenden is an incredibly hard worker. He adapts very well to tactical ideas and levels of play. His mentality is to do whatever it takes to help the team. He will fit in here perfectly with our players and club with this mindset.”

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