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Official: Leeds United winger Max Gradel signs four-year deal at Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne have confirmed the signing of Max Gradel from Leeds United on a four-year deal.

The 23-year-old winger leaves Elland Road for an undisclosed fee, having signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Yorkshire club back in 2010.

The Ivory Coast international handed in a transfer request on Tuesday and revealed a move to the Ligue 1 side was an opportunity he could not resist.

The forward told the Championship club’s website: “It is with a heavy heart that I have asked to leave Leeds United today.

“It was a difficult decision for me as Leeds has been a wonderful place to live and to play football.

“However, I have made the decision based on my career development, and the opportunity to play at the highest level in France is too big an opportunity to turn down.

“I want to thank all the Leeds United fans who loyally follow the team up and down the country as you have made my time at the club very special.

“I also want to thank Simon Grayson, my team-mates, and everyone at the club for all your help and support, and giving me the opportunity to play for this great club.

“I am sure that it will not be long before Leeds United return to the Premier League and I wish you every success in the future.”