Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has revealed that former German international Jurgen Klinsmann played a big part in Robbie Rogers signing for the club.
Klinsmann is the current USA national manager and Rogers his part of his squad having made 18 international appearances so far.
The experienced Klinsmann, who spent time playing in England with Tottenham Hotspur during the 1990`s, encouraged Rogers to make the move to England and Elland Road if the chance became available, despite Rogers being chased by a number of clubs including sides in his native Germany.
Speaking about Rogers and Klinsmann`s involvement, Grayson said in the Yorkshire Evening Post, “From day one he liked it here. He came to a game at Elland Road and loved the atmosphere. He could have gone elsewhere and earned a bit more money and been a squad player but I think Jurgen really influenced him when it came to coming here.
“Robbie had opportunities to play in Germany as well but Jurgen said ‘if you get the chance, go and play in England and there`s no bigger club to do that with than Leeds United.`”
Leeds are still waiting for international clearance for Rogers.
The winger has failed to make the criteria of playing in 75% of his national sides games in the last two years but Grayson is still hopeful that he will receive clearance for him.
“We`ve got a lot of glowing endorsements of Robbie and that will help. Jurgen has said he`ll be part of his American squad for the foreseeable future. There have been occasions in the past when people haven`t met the criteria but have won their appeals so I hope we`ll get it done,” continued Grayson.
Leeds have already brought in one winger during the January transfer window with Andros Townsend arriving for the rest of the season from Tottenham Hotspur.
Robert Snodgrass could also be back for Leeds at Crystal Palace on Saturday after returning to training following an appendix operation over the festive period.
Leeds also have Ramon Nunez and Lloyd Sam available on the wings if required.
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