INCOMING Leeds United signing Jordan Botaka is relishing a “new adventure” at Elland Road as the club put the finishing touches to his move from Holland.
Excelsior winger Botaka is thought to be in Leeds completing personal terms and undergoing a medical ahead of becoming the club’s eighth signing of the summer.
The 22-year-old Congo international likely bode farewell to Excelsior by playing 45 minutes of the 3-0 Eredivisie win over De Graafschap on Saturday evening and then spoke to Fox Sports afterwards.
Here is the full transcription of Botaka’s interview, courtesy of Fox Sports and transcribed by Michelle Sobot.
Interviewer: Jordan, congratulations. First of all because you won tonight, but also because you are going to move to a beautiful club in a beautiful football country: Leeds United.
Botaka: Thanks for the congratulations on the victory and of the transfer.
Interviewer: Is everything already arranged?
Botaka: Almost, just the final details. I will fly over there tomorrow to see how everything is and to complete the last details. It’s nearly all settled.
Interviewer: How fast did it go?
Botaka: Very fast. In 2-3 days nearly everything was arranged. It was just crazy.
Interviewer: We know that Leeds was interested in (Anthony) Limbombe. You played against NEC, did they see you there and thought: ‘Hey, Botaka is at least as good’?
Botaka: No no no. I already had contact with them before. We knew that they were interested as well. They had a list of X number of players. Anthony Limbombe was in the media everywhere. I wasn’t and I was happy about that, because I was focused on what I was doing here at Excelsior.
Interviewer: Leeds, a very big club, a big name in England. If you’re young like you then you might not know that, but did you find out?
Botaka: Yes. I looked up a few things and I heard a lot from other people. I’m curious.
Interviewer: Mario Been and I were watching the first half of the match, and hindsight a lot easier talking, but we had the impression that with everything that happened, that it might went on in your mind because you were less present than we are used of you. Please explain.
Botaka: As I said before I had a very busy day today. I had a lot on my mind which didn’t have anything to do with the match. There were doubts whether I would play today or not. Eventually I decided to play anyway. I say that I always give 100% of myself, today it was a little less and I think that’s a pity. But yes, it might have been on my mind.
Interviewer: What do you leave behind?
Botaka: Family. I have mixed feelings. I am very happy, but at the same time I regret that I won’t see my buddies, brothers and colleagues. But I know that we will always stay in touch. A new adventure for me.