Costa reveals Rodrigo talks

04 September 2021 00:34:45 GMTPlus11
Costa confirms Rodrigo talks

Helder Costa says his Leeds teammate Rodrigo Moreno persuaded him that a deadline-day loan move to Valencia was the right thing to do.

Before signing for Leeds in 2020, Rodrigo spent five years at Valencia, who are 18/1 to finish in the top four of La Liga this season and 16/1 to be relegated from the Spanish top flight.

Winger Costa came through the youth system at Benfica before signing for Wolves in 2016. He spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Leeds, helping the Yorkshire club win the Championship, and his move to Elland Road was made permanent in July 2020.

He scored twice in Leeds's 4-3 Premier League win over Fulham in September 2020, their first victory back in the top flight, but felt that his opportunities would be limited this season especially after the arrival of £25m winger Dan James from Manchester United.

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Costa joins a Valencia side who finished 13th in La Liga last season and have started this term under new boss Jose Bordalas with home wins over Getafe and Alaves and a draw at Granada.

Costa reveals Rodrigo talks

Speaking to Valencia's in-house media team, Costa said: "The first thing I did was talk to Rodrigo Moreno. He told me many good things both about the club and the city and it was an easy decision.

"Valencia is a very big team. I talked a bit with the coach before coming, I watched some videos of the team and I saw that they play very attractive football, very fast and I think it suits my style of play. I am a fast player who likes one-on-ones. I play for the team. I like to score goals but also assist my teammates."

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