Radrizzani says hesitation stopped Leeds from signing ‘special’ star

Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds United, says he has “one regret” about their attempts to sign Charles de Ketelaere.

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In an interview with The Athletic, Radrizzani has said that Leeds ‘have done everything perfectly’ in their efforts to sign the Belgium international.

Leeds have reportedly put in a £34.1 bid for the versatile striker, and Radrizzani has revealed the deal was even more sophisticated than that: “The only one, we’ve done everything perfectly, including an agreement with Bruges, so we had a agreement with the club, but not the player, was Charles De Ketelaere.

“He was our icing on the cake, he was a special player, but unfortunately we didn’t make it.”

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However, Radrizzani has revealed that he has ‘one regret’ about how the deal evolved, and it was his involvement that he was angry about: “I have one regret, I should have gone to Belgium 10 days earlier to close the deal.

“We had a period where I knew Milan was slipping because of the change of ownership and I hesitated maybe a week or ten days longer when I should have gone a little earlier.”

Radrizzani’s regrets about De Ketelaere

While Leeds fans may be disappointed to have missed De Ketelaere, they will appreciate Radrizzani’s honesty in this interview.

The Italian owner clearly did something right when Club Brugge accepted an offer for the player, and he also started convincing the player that it was the right move.

“The fact is he was watching our documentary and he was 50/50 doubtful for a while, makes me proud and we were on the right track, but next time we have to do better!”

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While De Ketelaere would have been a key player on Jesse Marsch’s Leeds side, and the Premier League draw is always an exciting draw for players, a game against AC Milan in the transfer market is a step too far ahead at this point. the whites.

“Good luck to him, but we were in AC Milan and they won the title and were in the Champions League,” he added.

Leeds is still looking for a new striker this month and Radrizzani has admitted he wants to sign a striker that everyone at the club is absolutely convinced of, as is the case with the young Belgian.

However, the club has already been active in the transfer window this summer, bringing in new players to improve their defence, midfield and attack.

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