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Marsch ‘totally convinced’ of Kristensen success after confirmed second Leeds signing explains what he will bring

Rasmus Kristensen signs for Leeds United

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Rasmus Kristensen from RB Salzburg, making him their second signing of the summer so far.

Kristensen has agreed to a five-year contract at Elland Road, lasting until 2027. He follows his Salzburg teammate Brenden Aaronson in making the move to West Yorkshire. In turn, both reunite with their former boss Jesse Marsch.

A right-back, Kristensen has played for Salzburg since 2019, after he joined from Ajax. The Denmark international also has a past with FC Midtjylland. But his present and future is now with Leeds.

The Premier League side have paid an undisclosed fee to sign Kristensen, who will officially become theirs on July 1st, as long as he receives international clearance and a work permit.

The 24-year-old will consequently get to represent an English club for the first time in his career – and he is glad it will be Leeds.

He told their club website: “When I heard about the interest I looked at the project and what was going on and I was never in doubt. I was 100 per cent convinced.

“It’s a huge, historical club which is playing in the best league in the world and for me, it fits everything that I love about a football club.

“I know a lot of things about the club. Where I am from, a small village, most of my father’s mates are Leeds fans.

“I want to compete against the best and I will do that here.

“I see myself as a physical, emotional power player – I like to go forward, run up and down the flank and I have a big engine for that.

“I’m a guy who puts 100 per cent effort in every time I’m on the pitch and I’ll die with my boots on.”

Marsch and Kristensen comment after reunion

Rasmus Kristensen, Denmark defender, ahead of the Nations League clash against Austria

Kristensen also confirmed he is on very good terms with his new manager after their previous connection.

He said of Marsch: “I had a brilliant relationship with Jesse in Salzburg.

“I feel like I fit right into the philosophy and system that he wants to play and hopefully I can show that on the pitch.”

In turn, Marsch himself added: “Rasmus is a player who developed a lot over the last three years.

“He established himself at Red Bull Salzburg as one of their best players, a very good Champions League full-back, and a Danish international.

“I am totally convinced that he will continue to grow into a great Premier League full-back as well.”

Kristensen will bring Champions League experience to a side that finished 17th in the 2021-22 Premier League. During his time in Austria, in fact, he won three consecutive domestic league and cup doubles.

Now, he is ready to compete in the Premier League.

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