New Leeds United recruit Rodrigo Moreno admits he feels strongly about the situation at his old club Valencia, but it was “the right moment” to leave.
Rodrigo became Leeds’ all-time record signing when joining on a four-year deal in August. The striker explained at the time that he was “very excited” to make the next step in his career.
Now, he has reflected on the struggles his former club Valencia are facing. After finishing ninth, the La Liga giants have already had to sell Ferran Torres to Manchester City. They have also let club captain Dani Parejo and former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin join Villarreal.
Valencia fans are currently in protest against the club’s ownership, as they continue to struggle financially.
And Rodrigo, who spent six seasons playing for them, says the direction the club is going in is a shame.
“It is a shame to the club going through this situation and for there to be such a difference between the club and those who make it great (the fans).
“Football belongs to the fans and it is a shame to see how frustrated they are with the club.
“Of course, not qualifying for European football was a big problem alongside the Covid-19 pandemic, so it is understandable what is happening. But for me I felt like this was the right moment (to leave).”
Expert makes Rodrigo goals prediction
Ahead of his first season with Leeds, Rodrigo has been backed to score up to 15 goals in the Premier League by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
Rodrigo scored seven goals in La Liga for Valencia last season. But Hunter thinks he can better that tally in England, depending on his position.