Brazilian playmaker Adryan admitted last night that he wants his loan at Leeds United to become a permanent transfer next summer, saying he is ready for “a long time” at the club.
The 20-year-old revealed his plan to commit to an extended stay at Elland Road as he neared the halfway point of his season-long loan in Yorkshire.
Leeds took Adryan on a temporary basis from Flamengo in August, signing him in a complicated deal which saw the midfielder terminate an existing loan at Italian club Cagliari and then move immediately from Brazil to England.
At the time, United owner Massimo Cellino negotiated an option giving Leeds the right to take Adryan on a permanent basis at the end of this season.
The deal would cost United a fee of something in the region of £3m.
The Brazil Under-20 international is four months into his spell with Leeds and has settled comfortably into the club’s starting line-up since completing his league debut in October.
He will make his ninth first-team appearance at home to Fulham tomorrow.
Quotes attributed to Adryan two months ago appeared to suggest that the youngster would favour a return to his parent club when this season finished.
But speaking to the YEP, Adryan said: “I can’t say what will happen definitely but I want to stay. When the season finishes I hope I will be able to stay.
“I am happy here and I like the football. I would be happy to be here, to be in the team for a long time.”
Adryan waited almost seven weeks to make his debut for Leeds, featuring in a series of development squad matches after his transfer from Flamengo, but he was used for the first time in a 2-1 defeat at Rotherham United and has quickly become a fixture in United’s team.
Leeds’ head coach, Neil Redfearn, has used the Brazilian as a number 10, in behind two strikers, and Redfearn admitted last month that maximising Adryan’s flair and creativity would be crucial to his side’s success this season.
“He’s more aware of where to go and where to receive the ball now,” Redfearn said. “We need to get him in between the lines and shake him free.
“That’s down to other people’s movement. We’ve got to let him have that little bit of sugar and let him go and attack. If we do that then he’ll work the rest out – how to go past people, how to link in.”
Adryan has had a hand in several goals since his first appearance but is yet to score himself. He came closest during a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers three weeks ago, denied by an alert save from goalkeeper Jason Steele.
The result at Ewood Park was one of seven away defeats inflicted on Leeds but the club have been more dangerous at Elland Road and they return to their own ground tomorrow for a meeting with struggling Fulham, the Championship’s pre-season title favourites.
“I want to score in the next game against Fulham,” Adryan said. “I hope I can.”