Weston McKennie is a 24-year-old American midfielder who previously played for Juventus. Leeds United has officially signed him on a season-long loan with a purchase option. However, a humorous anecdote arose during his unveiling when McKennie, who had recorded a video while preparing, recalled a particular incident with Cristiano Ronaldo from their time as Juventus teammates.
A story with Ronaldo, he was getting a massage, and McKennie was walking around, and McKennnie said, “my God, your feet look terrible!‘ and said, ‘my friend, these feet are worth a billion euros.” The American midfielder admitted, laughing, “I replied, ‘you’re right, respect.'” McKennie won’t be intimidated moving to a Premier League side as a new signing, having gone toe-to-toe very literally with Ronaldo, even though no one in the Leeds dressing room has feet worth that much money.
McKennie first played in Europe for Schalke 04, where he made 91 appearances before joining Juventus. He is a Dallas native who has joined Leeds United in the Premier League, where he will be coached by fellow countryman Jesse Marsh and partnered by the USMNT teammates Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson. Ronaldo and Al Nassr will face Al Fateh this weekend, while McKennie might make his Leeds debut against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
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Weston McKennie move to Leeds on a loan deal
The 24-year-old enters Elland Road under a contract that gives the Premier League team the option to purchase him in the summer. According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, Leeds initially offered bids of €28 million and €30 million plus add-ons before changing the deal to one that uses a loan-with-option-to-buy formula.
After committing to Leeds, McKennie spoke with Sky Sports and said, “I’m definitely excited. When I heard about the interest, it was exciting. There are people I know here, Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, and Jesse Marsch. I’m ready to get started. I’ve heard the support is amazing, and the atmosphere, too – that’s an adrenaline rush for me to come out and see fans going crazy. It’s like a 10-times energy boost. Elland Road is dope! The stadium is really nice. It’s top level.”
McKennie has played 16 times for Juventus in Serie A this year, contributing to two goals. After Max Wober and Georginio Rutter, the USA international became the club’s third addition during the January transfer window. McKennie got attention from other English top-flight sides, but he chose Leeds instead, where his countrymen Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson are already players. McKennie might make his Premier League debut on Sunday when Leeds travels to Nottingham Forest.