New Leeds United defender Robin Koch has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Hertha Berlin before joining the Whites.

Leeds paid £13million to sign Koch, 24, from Freiburg last month with the Germany international set to partner Liam Cooper in Marcelo Bielsa’s defender in the Premier League.

However, it seems that the Whites had a bit of competition in the race to sign Koch with the defender telling German newspaper BILD that Hertha Berlin’s manager Bruno Labbadia had held talks with him.

“There was an intensive exchange, I met with Bruno Labbadia,” said Koch.

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We’re glad that Koch didn’t opt to join Hertha Berlin and we can see why he opted to head to Leeds rather than head to the German capital.

Freiburg finished seven points ahead of Hertha in the Bundesliga last season so joining Labaddia’s side would have represented a bit of a step down for Koch.

Although he’s joined a newly-promoted Premier League club – and that does have some risks – he’s joined one of the best-supported clubs in England and is going to be playing for one of the best coaches in the world.

Koch is also guaranteed to be a starter with Liam Cooper the only senior centre-back in Bielsa’s squad prior to his arrival last month.

Hertha are an ambitious club who have a massive stadium and play in the German capital.

But there is little else about them to suggest they’re the place to be when Leeds have done so well in the last couple of years with Bielsa at the helm.

In other Leeds United news, Declan Rice has reacted to Kalvin Phillips’ England debut.


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