Leeds United have completed the signing of Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad on Thursday afternoon.

The Spanish international has signed a four-year deal at Elland Road after the two clubs agreed an £18million deal for the defender.

Marcelo Bielsa finally has cover in defence, with Llorente following Robin Koch through the door in West Yorkshire after both Gaetano Berardi and Ben White departed.

Llorente has claimed that Bielsa and Pablo Hernandez were two of the big factors that convinced him to move to Leeds in this window.

As relayed by BBC journalist Adam Pope on his personal Twitter account, the 27-year-old also shared what Hernandez told him about the club.

“With Pablo, I talk with him a few days ago,” he said.

“He talk (about) the city, the team, he told me how it was all in the team. It was an important factor also for me, this conversation with him.”

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Even when Hernandez is injured and not playing, he is still delivering assists for Leeds this season – this time off the pitch.

Llorente is the second Spanish international to join the club in this window, with Rodrigo also naming Hernandez as someone he spoke to before sealing the switch.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague shared his verdict on the signing recently and labelled the defender as a “top player” who can also play in midfield – something Bielsa will love.

With three international players through the door already, we are all crossing our fingers that Rodrigo De Paul will make it four sooner rather than later.

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