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Robin Koch addresses Leeds United exit talk with major vow to club, city and fans

Robin Koch, Leeds United defender, claps the fans after the final whistle of Premier League game v Brighton

Leeds defender Robin Koch has addressed claims he will look to quit Elland Road this summer, having lifted the lid on what it felt like to survive on the final day.

The Germany defender moved to West Yorkshire on a four-year deal at the start of their Premier League adventure. A £13m signing from Freiburg, the versatile star has proven his quality despite suffering a string of injuries at Leeds. By trade a centre-half, Koch has filled in at the base of midfield and ended the season as a stand-in right-back.

But he’s never once let the club down, though did see speculation arise over his future amid fears Leeds United could suffer the drop.

Their safety was guaranteed on a dramatic final day when Leeds recorded a 2-1 win at Brentford. That, coupled with Burnley’s loss by the same scoreline at home to Newcastle, meant it was the Clarets who suffered relegation.

Speaking to SportBILD, however, Koch has given a revealing insight into how Leeds survived and what it meant to the club.

“After the final whistle we were all overjoyed, I think you could see that. There were a lot of emotions there. The mood was great all evening,” he said.

“We were all aware of how much it means for the club, the city and the fans to stay in the Premier League.”

“We knew that every game, so we really threw everything into the balance until the last minute. You’ve seen every training session over the past few days and weeks, with how much passion everyone put into it.

“Our season wasn’t easy. But what distinguished us was our cohesion, the spirit within the team. We gritted our teeth a lot, never lost faith in ourselves and always supported each other.”

Jesse Marsch earns praise

The man who brought Koch to Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa, was shown the door in February. Replaced by Jesse Marsch, Koch has praised the American coach for the impact he has made.

“The coach really lived the belief in staying up and has motivated us extremely in the last few weeks. He was convinced of the character and quality of the team right from the start,” Koch added.

Addressing claims he will look to leave this summer, Koch has underlined his commitment to the Leeds cause.

“I feel super comfortable in the city and at the club and have a contract here. When I joined Leeds we had a project in mind, a journey that is not over for us as a team,” the 25-year-old explained.

Planning for next season is already underway at Leeds with the club closing on Brenden Aaronson. Meanwhile, TEAMtalk sources also understand the club are looking at making a move for Sergino Dest.

Robin Koch sets Leeds a target

Robin Koch, meanwhile, has also set himself and Leeds United a target next season.

“If you have to fight until the last minute, it’s even nicer when you achieved the goal. Staying in the league is hugely important for all of us. However, we know there’s a lot more to this team. We want to prove that next season and be in other regions of the table again,” Koch added.

“My personal goal is also to be a strong team in the Premier League with Leeds. We want to have a more successful season overall with my teammates.”

In all honesty, with some quality signings and with better luck on the injury front, Leeds United should find themselves back in mid-table security again next season.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani will hopefully have learned some harsh lessons from their brush with relegation.

And by adding quality and quantity to their squad, Leeds should become a feared side again next season.

He is not the only Leeds star whose future is seemingly under the spotlight too. Indeed, reports in Spain claim Raphinha has now submitted an exit request to Leeds, making clear his wish to move to Barcelona.