By Daniel Feliciano

2nd Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

Cody Gakpo reveals reasons why he rejected Leeds United transfer on deadline day

Cody Gakpo has revealed that he rejected Leeds United and other Premier League clubs on deadline day because a transfer felt rushed, while speaking to PSV.

The Dutch winger was all set for a move to the Premier League with Southampton and Leeds battling for his signature on deadline day, only for the 23-year-old to decide to stay with PSV Eindhoven at the last minute.

Gakpo spoke to the PSV Eindhoven official YouTube channel about his decision and admitted that he had expected to join Manchester United all summer until they pulled out of a deal last week, leaving him in the lurch.

“[Manchester] United reported at the start of the window, but quietly,” he said. “We were kind of waiting for that.

“Then it comes closer and closer and the signals become more positive. Then you think: OK, it could fall that way. Eventually that option faded a bit, only last week.

“Until last week I thought I would go to [Manchester] United and then I have to choose another club in a week.

“Then it’s not nice for PSV and not for myself either, because it all felt rushed.

“So then I said ‘what is the right thing to do?’ Sure I feel at home here in my own city, I think everyone knows how I feel.

“But of course we have to consider other things, and I just had to look at all the options and I did that. Eventually PSV came with the right offer and then in the end I know it’s the right choice for me.”


Gakpo is a supremely talented winger who has a goal and assist record up there with the better wingers on the continent, so it was hard to take when he rejected the club.

However it does beg the question of why the club took so long to make the decision to move for him, when he was seemingly available for the same price all summer.

Charles De Ketelaere was the number one target and then Arnaud Kalimuendo was the back up, but when both fell through there seemed to be a lull in negotiations as the club figured out what to do next.

All the while Gakpo was sitting and waiting, and now they missed out on a top talent because they waited too long.

For the player his reasons are logical. He’s got a World Cup this year and European football this season with his hometown team where he is loved and already a key player, and then he can revisit a move next year. Leeds will be in the race again, and hopefully they move quicker this time around.

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