Leeds United have signed Leo Hjelde from Celtic in a deal worth £1 million, having just turned 18-years-old this week.
The former Ross County loanee signs on a four-year deal, having made nine senior appearances for the Staggies last season, scoring one goal.
✍️ #LUFC are pleased to announce the signing of defender Leo Hjelde from Scottish Premiership side Celtic— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 27, 2021
The Norway under-21 international can play as a centre-back or left-back, with two caps and one goal currently to his name. Clips from his time at Ross County show a tall, quick defender who is excellent at using his body to get ahead of his man.
In his first interview, Hjelde said:
“I’m really delighted to sign for this massive club,
I feel like Leeds is the right club for me because I really like the way they play. I think they’ve got the best manager in the world right now.“
️ "I'm really delighted to sign for this massive club" Watch our exclusive interview with Leo, as he talks about his move from Celtic @Skrill pic.twitter.com/5Y57qRq7S3— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 27, 2021
The youngster will initially link up with the Leeds under-23s, with a partnership with Charlie Cresswell imminent in The Premier League 2.
1️⃣ | Leo Hjelde notches his first goal in senior football at the Global Energy Stadium pic.twitter.com/VmK068MxOR— Ross County FC (@RossCounty) March 7, 2021