Daniel James: Leeds sign Wales winger from Manchester United

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Leeds signed Daniel James, Manchester United's loanee, for a reported fee of 25 million. This is more than two years after James almost joined the club as a loanee.

The contract is for five years and the 23-year-old Wales winger signed it.

Leeds has been keeping an eye on James since his January 2019 move from Swansea to Elland Road was cancelled. He then moved to Old Trafford in the summer.

James stated that it was the best decision for him and his football career.

"I had an amazing time at Manchester United. I made wonderful friends and the staff and fans were incredible to me. It's my turn to advance professionally. It is something I look forward to.

"I'm a different player. I was only half-way through a season when I almost signed here. I feel confident that I can contribute to this team, having played at the highest level.

James scored nine goals in his 74 appearances for Red Devils. The last was Sunday's 1-0 win over Wolves.

Manchester United was uncertain about his future, and Cristiano Ronaldo, his fellow forward, returned to the club he left in 2009.

He has played 24 times for Wales and will be playing in the international friendly against Finland on Wednesday, before taking part in a double-header against Belarus or Estonia to qualify for the World Cup.

James is Leeds' eighth summer transfer window signing and will be wearing the number 20 shirt.

"The football department has been watching Daniel for a number years, and every member on my team have worked hard to get the deal over the line," Victor Orta, Leeds director of football, told the club's website.

"It's no secret that Daniel has been a player we wanted for many years. Today we accomplished our goal.

"As a player, we believe Daniel is an excellent fit to a Marcelo Bielsa squad. He is quick, direct, and works hard. We look forward to him joining the squad, finally!"

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