Bamford commits future to Leeds with new five-year contract

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Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford has signed a new long-term contract with Leeds United, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The striker has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, keeping him at Elland Road until 2026.

He joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2018 and has scored 43 goals in 111 matches for the Whites.

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Bamford played a key role in Leeds’ promotion back to the Premier League in 2020, featuring in all 46 of their Championship matches.

After struggling to make it in the top-flight previously in his career, Bamford scored an impressive 17 goals in 38 PL outings in 2020/21.

He joins fellow teammates Stuart Dallas and Illan Meslier in pledging his future to the club this summer.

Before the contract announcement, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was asked about Bamford on Thursday morning.

“Bamford is a very important player for us and one of the best strikers that English football has,” he said when asked about the 27-year-old’s significance.

Leeds finished ninth in the league last season, and after their strong finish, Bamford insisted they are “getting better and better” under Bielsa.

“We’re getting better and better the more we work under Marcelo and while it is hard and very demanding, the boys love him, everyone is so appreciative of what he has done for us and the team,” Bamford told the club’s official website.

The striker was close to making the England Euro 2020 squad this summer but narrowly missed out.

And after his impressive 20/21 campaign, he says that he wants to keep improving.

“I’m really demanding,” Bamford said.

“If I push to achieve something and I haven’t done it then I put more onus on myself to get there next time.

“Next time hopefully for me, I want to try and get to the World Cup. This was my big thing this year. I’ve got to do what I can to try and replicate the season, in fact improve it because for me there needs to be that constant progression.

“What I did last year was obviously very good but I’ve got to build on it and improve. I want to do better.”