Ronaldo Vieira opens up over Leeds United exit following Sampdoria switch

Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira says he has no ill feelings towards to the Elland Road club following his summer move to Serie A side Sampdoria.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 1:53 pm
Updated Friday, 14th December 2018, 7:27 am
Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira at Thorp Arch.

The 20-year-old made the switch to Italy in July despite very much being involved in Marcelo Bielsa's first-team plans in LS11 for the current campaign.

Vieira, who joined the club from the i2i Academy in York following a trial at Thorp Arch in 2016, made 63 senior appearances during a two-year spell before sealing a £7.7m move to the Serie A side.

The midfielder has made four appearances for Sampdoria this season as he adjusts to life in Italy's top flight and following his transfer Bielsa admitted he'd lost a good player.

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Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira at Thorp Arch.

“He (Vieira) was a player involved in the project,” Bielsa said in August. “The club decided to sell him and I adapt to this decision. I can’t say he is not a good player. He is a good player. If Sampdoria bought Ronaldo it indicates he is a good player."

Vieira though says he holds no grudge against the Whites and admits he is still supporting the club from afar, telling FourFourTwo: "The move was quite quick. They just came with an offer and that’s what happens - when the club receives a good offer, they accept it.

"I was willing and open to it, so everything went smoothly. I have no bad feelings about Leeds; I’m grateful for what they've done for me, and I think I improved a lot as a player and became more mature there, so I thank them.

"I’m still supporting them now.”

Asked how he was adapting to life in Serie A following his move from West Yorkshire, Vieira replied: "The Championship is a bit more physical and here it’s a bit more tactical, so I’ve been trying to work with the coach who's trying to help me improve my game.

"I’ve been learning a lot about the way the team wants to play. [Giampaolo] wants me to take risks with some passes, try and break through teams, play it forward as much as I can."