Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has admitted that he never believed he would get the opportunity to play for the Whites in his career.

The Whites ace admitted that things were not right at Bristol City at that time, and shared that he was over the moon when he realised there was interest from Elland Road.

Ayling was pushed back at Ashton Gate by Lee Johnson, and he was told that he wasn’t good enough to make it in the Championship.

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The defender was talking in a Q&A with fans on Leeds’ official Instagram account and revealed his joy at moving to the Whites.

“I grew up when they were in the Premiership and playing Champions League football so I never thought I would get an opportunity to play for Leeds,” he said.

“Things weren’t right for me at Bristol, I was probably second or third choice but I knew that I could play there but other people thought I couldn’t and people thought I wasn’t good enough to play right-back in the Championship.

“When Leeds come in and said they were interested in me, I was over the moon.”

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Victor Orta pulled off a real masterclass bringing Ayling to Leeds for only £250,000 under Garry Monk, with the defender becoming one of the main men in West Yorkshire in the past two seasons.

City boss Johnson even admitted that he made a mistake in allowing the 28-year-old to leave the club, but we are grateful that he made that decision with Ayling having fully-proved he is one of the best in the second-tier [The Athletic].

Ayling has Leeds’ highest WhoScored match average rating this season, and his performances in the past month have helped. The right-back has scored three goals in this latest five-match winning run, all with clean sheets as he spearheads the Whites’ charge to the Premier League.

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