German magazine Kicker reports that Georginio Rutter did not actually want to join Leeds United in the January window from Hoffenheim.
The 20-year old joined Leeds for a club-record fee reportedly worth £35million in January. He joined Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga after an impressive campaign at Rennes. Rutter had 19 goal involvements in 64 Hoffenheim games.
Since arriving at Elland Road, he has only started three of his eight games for Leeds in all competitions. Rutter is still yet to score for his new club.
Now, German outlet Kicker are reporting that the forward was reluctant to move in the first place. According to the report, before departing, Rutter shed tears when he learned about the move. The situation needed Rutter’s advisor Roger Wittmann to fly to Portugal to convince the player to join Leeds.
This is the extract from the Kicker:
“How much Georginio Rutter would miss TSG and his Hoffenheim colleagues was revealed by the young Frenchman’s state of mind when the transfer became apparent at the beginning of January. Rutter didn’t really want to leave and shed bitter tears. Advisor Roger Wittmann had jetted to the training camp in Portugal to reassure his client and push the mega-deal, which will bring a lot of money to everyone involved and up to 40 million euros for TSG.”