Transfer news: Daniel James signs for Leeds

Tuesday 31 August 2021 16:15

We can confirm that Daniel James has completed a permanent transfer from Manchester United to Leeds United.

The Wales international became a Red during the summer of 2019 and he made an instant impact at Old Trafford, by memorably scoring on his debut against Premier League rivals Chelsea in front of a jubilant Stretford End. 

A talented, hard-working and popular member of the squad, James went on to make 74 appearances across all competitions for the club. The 23-year-old also scored nine goals in total, including one against his new club Leeds in 2019/20.

Watch some of Daniel's best moments for United, including his unforgettable debut goal against Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has always spoken extremely highly of the rapid winger, but the arrival of summer signings Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo means that competition for attacking places will be stiffer than ever in 2021/22.

James actually came close to joining Leeds in January 2019, five months before he eventually completed his transfer to Old Trafford from Swansea City.

Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa remained an admirer of his talents and will be delighted to welcome him on board at the second attempt.

Everybody at Manchester United wants to thank Daniel for his excellent contribution during his two years as a Red.

Be it as a starter, substitute or squad member, he always gave 100 per cent and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future.

Good luck, Jamo.


Our former winger posted the following words on his official Instagram account, @daniel_james97, just a few hours after his transfer to Leeds was announced.

"I always wore the @manchesterunited shirt with honour and pride.

"Thank you to everyone at the club who I have worked with over the last 2 years - through this experience I have grown not only as a player but a person.

"It’s been a privilege to share a dressing room with the boys - I’ve made fantastic friends and memories, but now is time to move on to the next step.

"All the best for the future!"

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