Leeds United have announced that Robin Koch has completed his loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt following relegation from the Premier League.
Koch has become the first of several players who could leave Leeds this summer after their drop to the Championship. The defender attracted interest from various clubs, but has gone back to his native Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt.
His transfer is a loan deal that will last for the duration of the 2023-24 season. Koch will be out of contract at Leeds once his loan spell ends, so has taken the time to bid the club farewell.
He posted on Instagram: “Dear LUFC fans, at this point I look back on three wonderful and exciting years in Leeds.
“To play for Leeds United and in front of you unforgettable fans, to defend for these colours, to celebrate with you, to even lead the team onto the pitch as captain, was a special honour and pleasure during the last three seasons.
“All the moments I have experienced together with you and especially at Elland Road, great victories and bitter defeats, have made me the person I am today.
“These are impressions and feelings that cannot be put into words and that have made me very proud and happy that my path as a professional footballer has led me to this club. I have taken Leeds United into my heart.
“I have met many, many great people here up to this point, and my greatest thanks go to them. To all the people in charge at the club, all the staff, my coaches, my teammates and, of course, you fans!
“I wish the club, the city and all of you only the best and hope that you will remember me well. I will definitely do so. Thanks for everything so far! Yours, Robin.”
Robin Koch explains Eintracht Frankfurt choice
Koch made 77 appearances during his time at Elland Road, which began in the summer they had won promotion to the Premier League.
With their return to the top flight now over, the 26-year-old has departed for a fresh challenge with Eintracht Frankfurt, who have Europa Conference League football to compete for next season.
He told his new club’s official website: “I’m delighted to become a part of Eintracht Frankfurt. It’s among the most renowned clubs in the Bundesliga and has been a shining light for German football in European competition over the last few years.
“The new coach, the strong squad and the opportunities here at the club make it a very exciting challenge for me, and one that I’m approaching with full motivation.
“Markus Krösche and Timmo Hardung made an incredible effort to sign me, and won me over with the path the club’s on and the vision for the future.
“I want to use everything that characterises me on and off the pitch as a footballer here, and celebrate successes with the team.
“I’ve matured a lot as a player and as a person over the last three seasons with Leeds in arguably the strongest league in the world. I want to prove that now in the Bundesliga. I’m confident we can have a good season.”