Brenden Aaronson is off to the Premier League following a $30m move from Austria’s RB Salzburg to Leeds United. The transfer marks the second most expensive in U.S. history, coming behind Chelsea’s $70m deal for Christian Pulisic.
But Aaronson is not taking the move lightly, admitting it was difficult for him to watch Leeds’ final match of the 2021/22 season that ended their relegation battle and paved the way for his arrival.
"It was on them [staying in the Premier League]," Aaronson said Monday from U.S. national team training camp. "I wanted to be part of the club so bad; that game meant a lot to me. It was tough to watch it, but they got the job done."
The American also revealed he’s spoken to head coach Jesse Marsch to educate himself on the team, city and fans before heading over.
"Going into a city like Leeds, where it's the only team in the city, you can tell how passionate the fans are. I mean, from watching them for about half a year now, you can hear the chants that echo in the stadium, you know how football is a way of culture there. It's huge for them," said the Medford, New Jersey native.
"I talked to Jesse a little bit about it. The fans, they're amazing, and they're always going to support you. And it's tough, maybe the media and stuff like that, but that's something I'm ready for. And I want to challenge myself mentally and physically…It's a historic club, it's a big club. And I want to be a part of history for them."
But the Premier League will not be easy. The American saw an inconsistent run with Salzburg, scoring 12 goals in 63 appearances but plagued with injuries and sideline spells throughout his time. Nevertheless, Marsch insists he’s ready and has already stated he will fit in perfectly - a challenge Aaronson is embracing.
"The league is unbelievable. I know that going into it, but it’s the best way to challenge myself as a player, being in the best league in the world. They’ve told me how hard it is. That’s something I thrive on," he added.
Source : 90min