Rodrigo shirt number possibilities as Leeds confirm signing of Valencia striker

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia though the forward may have received some early bad news with his regular shirt number unavailable.

Rodrigo’s move to Elland Road has been confirmed with the forward signing for a club record fee, believed to be £27m.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal having previously been with Benfica and spending time in the Premier League with Bolton back in the 2010/11 season.

He heads to Leeds with the Whites preparing for their first season back in the Premier League since 2004.

Though Rodrigo will not be able to lay his hands on his favoured shirt number with the Spaniard having always worn the No 19 shirt.

He has donned it for the past four years at Valencia having also worn the same shirt number at Benfica.

Leeds midfielder Pablo Hernandez is the current No 19 under Marcelo Bielsa, but there are plenty of other options for Rodrigo.

The No 8 shirt has been free at Elland Road since Vurnon Anita last donned it in 2017/18 with 12 and 14 also available.

While Rodrigo favours No 19, the ones either side are up for grabs with 18 and 20 potential options for the Spaniard.

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Robbie Fowler wore No 27 during his time at Leeds and Rodrigo could opt for that number while No 33, which the former Valencia star wore during his younger days at Real Madrid, is also available.

On joining Leeds, Rodrigo said: “For me this is a new step in my career and I want to help the team achieve the goals of the season.

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“Leeds have been working for almost two weeks on this deal with Valencia and from the first time Victor talked to me, I knew I wanted this new challenge with Leeds, a historic club.

“Of course Marcelo Bielsa is one of the best coaches in football at this moment, he has done important things at different clubs and I’m excited to learn from him, improve my football with hard work and teamwork and I hope we can do important things this season.”

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