'Bigger club' - Wantaway Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma clarifies Leeds United comments

Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma has moved to clarify comments he made about his desire to play in the Premier League for a 'bigger club' like Leeds United.

By Graham Smyth
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:57 pm
RUNAWAY STAR - Arnaut Danjuma says Leeds United are a bigger club than Bournemouth and he has outgrown the Championship. Pic: Getty

The YEP understands the 24-year-old is not on Victor Orta's shortlist for this summer, but when asked by Dutch magazine Voetbal International if Leeds would represent progress for his career, he replied: "Leeds is a bigger institution than Bournemouth, has a very nice history and they play Premier League And I don't think I can play another Championship season, I've outgrown the competition a bit. Leeds United would be a nice step."

His comments were construed as a 'come and get me plea' aimed in the direction of Elland Road but in a Tweet this afternoon he insisted he was only trying to be respectful.

"Seen a few quotes, just to be clear I was put on the spot about a club in an interview and I was only trying to be respectful about them as I would any club, no way in a thousand years would I mean to be disrespectful about my club who has served me well for 2 seasons," he said.

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Danjuma joined the Cherries in 2019 from Club Brugge in a £13.7m deal. He scored 15 goals last season in the Championship and netted twice in the play-off semi-finals against Brentford, who went on to beat Swansea in the final to reach the Premier League.

Recent transfer speculation has linked the Nigerian-born Dutch international with Leicester City, Wolfsburg and Lyon. Ajax are also said to be keen on his services, although he ruled out a move to the Amsterdam club.

Leeds are in the market for a wide player before the 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off and Club Brugge star Noa Lang is among the players liked by Orta and his recruitment department. The signings of a left-back and a central midfielder, however, appear closer to fruition than the addition of a winger.