Georginio Rutter has shared with LUTV when Illan Meslier told him about Leeds United before he completed his club-record move to Elland Road.
Rutter gave Leeds fans something to smile about on Saturday. The Whites announced that he had joined the club on a five-and-a-half year deal. According to BBC Sport, the move could end up costing Leeds £36 million.
It is a big statement from Leeds. Rutter has not been prolific for Hoffenheim this season. And he is still only 20 years of age. But it is certainly a very exciting move for a very exciting talent.
Rutter shares what Meslier told him before Leeds move
Victor Orta’s record in the transfer market has been mixed. But one area he has had real success in is when it comes to signing younger players. And fans will hope that Rutter proves to be another hit.
He is not a complete stranger to the Leeds squad. Rutter has played alongside Meslier at under-21 level for France. So it is not a big surprise that the forward reached out to the Iceman before making the switch.
And after the move was announced, he shared what the goalkeeper told him about Leeds.
“Before I came here Illan Meslier told me Leeds was a real family,” he told LUTV.
“He said the fans are amazing and he offered me any help I need to settle in.
“Football is for the fans, they are very important for the club and I want to give energy for the fans in the stadium.”
Leeds are struggling on the pitch right now. But there is clearly a lot of talent within the club. And there is a very good atmosphere amongst the squad.
We will find out in the coming years whether Leeds have paid over the odds for Rutter. But it does appear that he is an extremely promising player with a really high ceiling.
So it is encouraging that he saw Leeds as the right place for him as he looks to take that next step in his career.
And if everything works out, we will clearly have to thank Meslier for playing a part in his decision to join.