Leeds United man rejected ‘lucrative’ Newcastle United and Man United offers to seal Bundesliga switch

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Robin Koch joined Eintracht Frankfurt last week amid reported interest from Premier League clubs

Leeds United defender Robin Koch turned down 'lucrative' offers from Newcastle United and Manchester United as he preferred a move to Eintracht Frankfurt, according to reports in Germany.

The Whites player joined the Bundesliga side on loan for the duration of the 2023-24 season last week, with just 12 months remaining on his Elland Road contract.

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Prior to his move to Germany, Koch was linked with moves to the Magpies and the Red Devils with BILD, via Sport Witness, reporting the player turned down offers from St James' Park and Old Trafford.

Frankfurt will reportedly pay a £430,000 loan fee to Leeds for Koch's services, while also paying the player's full wages.

Koch has likely played his final game for Leeds, with the player unlikely to sign a new contract before his current deal expires next summer.

The 26-year-old signed a four-year deal with Leeds in 2020 after the club’s promotion from the Championship as title winners under Marcelo Bielsa.

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In a social media message to supporters, Koch said following the news of his departure last week: “Dear LUFC fans, at this point I look back on three wonderful and exciting years in Leeds. To play for Leeds United and in front of you unforgettable fans, to defend for these colours, to celebrate with you, to even lead the team onto the pitch as captain, was a special honor [sic] and pleasure during the last three seasons.

"All the moments I have experienced together with you and especially at Elland Road, great victories and bitter defeats, have made me the person I am today. These are impressions and feelings that cannot be put into words and that have made me very proud and happy that my path as a professional footballer has led me to this club.

“I have taken Leeds United into my heart. I have met many, many great people here up to this point and my greatest thanks go to them. To all the people in charge at the club, all the staff, my coaches, my teammates and, of course, you fans! I wish the club, the city and all of you only the best and hope that you will remember me well. I will definitely do so.”

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