Leeds lose out on youngster as he extends contract with Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj has been dominating headlines with a move to recently-promoted Leeds United.
According to Bild in Germany, Leeds were reportedly prepared to splurge £7 million on the Kosovan midfield maestro.
The report further suggested that Wolfsburg were willing to sell the player as his contract was due to expire 2020 with Norwich City expressing their interest in the youngster.
Rexhbecaj has been on an impressive run in the Bundesliga this season after breaking into the first team which led the Leeds United fans to be excited about the move.
However, Leeds can move on from any potential signing of the versatile midfielder which dampens the mood of the fans because he has signed a new deal at the Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg confirmed as much on their official website and Twitter account. He is now contracted until 2023.
The player has also spoken to the Wolfsburg website about the new deal, explaining why he decided to sign a new deal with his current club.
“I owe everything to VfL in the sporting arena. Here I was able to develop at a high level and in the best conditions. Wolfsburg has long since become our home for my family and me, which is why it quickly became clear to me that I would like to extend my contract here and do my best to continue the upward trend with VfL.”
It is an unfortunate development for Leeds who would have enjoyed to bring in the player. A versatile option, he would have been a perfect Marcelo Bielsa player.
However, the timing of this contract extension certainly casts the original report into doubt. It could have been a bargaining tool to force Wolfsburg into the extension, but that is certainly a cynical view.
Leeds United fans can expect plenty more of these reports as the summer months pass by.
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