Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that he intends to stay with the club for at least the next five years of his career.
Bamford joined Leeds from Middlesbrough back in the summer of 2018, having previously started his career at Nottingham Forest and Chelsea, experiencing spells on-loan at a number of other clubs during his time at the latter.
Since joining Leeds, Bamford has made 63 appearances and scored 23 goals in all competitions for the Whites, and despite the criticism he has sometimes received for his less than prolific goals return and missed chances, it seems the striker himself believes he has found a long-term home at Elland Road.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about his time at Leeds so far, and his hopes for the future at the club, Bamford said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been at a club and been as settled in terms of the area, I’m close to my family, I love the club, the training ground, I love the lads. Everything about it is perfect.
“So for me, I would be delighted to be here for the foreseeable future in terms of the next five years and see what we can achieve.”
Leeds are currently top of the Championship table, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham in the race for automatic promotion, and Bamford is also confident that should they secure that promotion, staying at Elland Road will give him plenty of years worth of top-flight football to enjoy.
Assessing the club’s prospect in the top-tier if they do win that long-awaited promotion, the striker added: “I feel like this is the kind of club that when we do get in the Premier League, we’ll stay there and we’ll do all we can to get back to the heights that Leeds were once at.”
There are currently just over two years remaining on Bamford’s contract with Leeds, securing his future at Elland Road until the end of the 2021/22 season.
This could be rather useful for Leeds if they are able to retain Bamford’s services for that amount of time.
While he may not be the most prolific in front of goal, he does still go through pretty useful goalscoring spells, and his work rate and commitment ought to make him popular both with fans and teammates.
As a result, Bamford could still be a reliable option for Leeds over the next few seasons, reducing the pressure on them when it comes to maintaining their options upfront during that time, which could be a bonus for them given the financial pressures the current situation is putting clubs under.