Former Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has been discussing his move away from Elland Road, insisting that he was enjoying his football in the Championship.

Midfielder Ronaldo Vieira swapped Leeds United for Italian side Sampdoria in the summer, in a move that came as a surprise to United fans.

Marcelo Bielsa had the midfielder in his plans, but an offer of about £7.7 million came in for the midfielder and he was sold. Vieira has been speaking to FourFourTwo about his move and time and Leeds. insisting that he was happy with United, but a change of scenery has helped him develop.

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“I wanted to come here to improve as a footballer and I think every player wants to do that, no matter what age you are. I’m still young and have a lot to learn,” Vieira told FourFourTwo.

“The move was quite quick. They just came with an offer and that’s what happens – when the club receives a good offer, they accept it. I was willing and open to it, so everything went smoothly. I have no bad feelings about Leeds; I’m grateful for what they’ve done for me, and I think I improved a lot as a player and became more mature there, so I thank them. I’m still supporting them now.”

Vieira went on to discuss the difference between the English and Italian game, and how it has helped him become a better player.

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“The Championship is a bit more physical and here it’s a bit more tactical, so I’ve been trying to work with the coach who’s trying to help me improve my game. I’ve been learning a lot about the way the team wants to play. (Giampaolo) wants me to take risks with some passes, try and break through teams, play it forward as much as I can.

“I have a lot of respect for players like Toni Kroos, Williiam Carvalho, Jorginho – players like that in my position. I try to watch a few videos of them playing and learn as much as I can. Right now it’s just about learning and progressing.”

 


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