Former Leeds United star Max Gradel could be set for a return to English football this summer, four years after leaving for French side Saint-Etienne.
SportsWitness has quoted the 27-year-old as saying that returning to England is what he wants to do this summer, after it was in this country that he was allowed to “fulfil his dream.”
“This is my second country. England welcomed me, passed, trusted and allowed me to fulfil my dream of becoming a professional footballer. This country is my preference in my heart. It is not a secret,” he said.
This has fuelled speculation that Gradel is on the brink of a return to English football after Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galiter told the club’s official website last week: “Max has expressed the wish to leave. If a club is interested, we will get around a table to ensure everyone is a winner.”
The Ivory Coast international scored 15 league goals this season and news of his imminent departure from France is sure to interest a number of clubs across Europe.
Whilst the Premier League seems the most likely destination for the winger, Leeds fans are sure to remain optimistic that Gradel, who started his career at Leicester City, may choose to return to Elland Road, where he made 85 appearances in three years before departing in 2012.
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