New Leeds United signing Mateo Joseph Fernandez issues statement of intent upon arrival at Elland Road

Mateo Joseph Fernandez has vowed to give his all for Leeds United after putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday.

By Flora Snelson
Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 2:50 pm

The forward signed from RCD Espanyol where, having progressed through the Spanish side's academy set-up since a young age, the 18-year-old's contract was due to expire in the summer.

Bagging 14 goals across 21 appearances for the Periquitos' under-19s side last season, Joseph's exploits attracted the attention of several European giants.

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Liverpool and Manchester City were both said to be interested, while Barcelona reportedly made overtures toward the youngster last summer, but the Spanish side did not meet the asking price set by Espanyol.

This week, Joseph arrived in LS11 in order to put the finishing touches on a deal that Whites director of football Victor Orta has been pursuing for several months.

Initially, the teenager will join up with Mark Jackson's Under-23s, who are looking to climb out of the relegation zone after slipping to 13th place in the Premier League 2 standings.

The young Whites are in desperate need of some good form as they attempt to shake off a winless run of PL2 games which stretches back to September.

Mateo Joseph Fernandez penned a three-and-a-half year deal with Leeds United on Tuesday. Pic: LUFC.

After committing his future to Elland Road on Tuesday, Joseph took to social media to express his determination to make an impact.

"Today I lived one of the most exciting days of my life and I only have words of gratitude for all Leeds United for the welcome they gave me, I felt at home," Joseph wrote on Instagram.

"Today a new challenge begins, surrounded by my family that has always been there for me.

"I will give everything to defend these MOT colours.

Leeds United Under-23 head coach Mark Jackson. Pic: Bruce Rollinson.

"Thank you all! Let’s gooo."

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