June 16, 2024

Rasmus Kristensen has told Viaplay – via Danish outlet Tipsbladet – that he is open to remaining at Leeds United this summer despite the club suffering relegation to the Championship – a year after completing a move from Salzburg.

The 25-year-old was one of a number of signings made during Jesse Marsch’s era as the club looked to back the American gaffer. But, things became sour in February and Marsch lost his job. A lot of the Leeds squad left in limbo.

Kristensen joined the club as a long-term replacement for Luke Ayling. He started well in pre-season but the Danish ace struggled with the intensity of the Premier League. He was moved into central defence by Sam Allardyce of late.

Following relegation, it is unclear if Kristensen is keen on staying put at Leeds and if his form will generate interest from other clubs. Kristensen has spoken already about his future following the drop. He is open to staying, or going.

“First of all, there is an evaluation of all players in the club. It’s a new situation for Leeds United, so first of all we have to find out who will be here. If someone points to me, I’m ready,” Kristensen said. “I have a long contract left.

“It may well be that it was not what I had imagined. We have to play in the Championship next season. I intend to stand by the realities until I – if I – am introduced to some new ones. That is probably the best answer I can give.”

Kristensen open to remaining at Leeds this summer despite relegation
Keeping Kristensen would be a good move by Leeds. But realistically, it is likely that the Dane will generate interest from European clubs and if there is a chance to go – you would expect him to leave, to save his international career.

Euro 2024 will take place at the end of next season. So, if £10m Kristensen wants to be a part of Denmark’s squad, the defender might have to leave Elland Road and join a club that gives him the best chance of making Euro 2024.

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