'I'd rather him' - Rodon tells Ampadu which position to play for Leeds United

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Midfield is the best place for Ethan Ampadu at Leeds United so Joe Rodon can avoid confusing his compatriot too much. Ampadu spent the second half of last season alongside Rodon in central defence after an injury to Pascal Struijk and they formed a formidable partnership.

With Rodon now back at Elland Road and Struijk back in full training, Daniel Farke will have a decision to make on where he uses Ampadu again. This week’s £10m addition had enjoyed a fruitful first half of the campaign alongside Struijk too.

“Pascal, it was unfortunate for him and how well he had [played] for the first half of the season, but Ethan slots into that position easy,” Rodon told LUTV. “He's a player who can play in many positions and that's a credit to him.

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“I don't want to confuse him too much. So I'd rather him be in the midfield for now, but we'll see what happens.”

Rodon is understood to have had interest from Leicester City and Ipswich Town in his services before the Whites got a deal done with Tottenham Hotspur. Given how well Rodon had performed in the Championship, there was a fear at Elland Road that Premier League football may be too hard for the Welsh defender to turn down.

The 26-year-old put a lot of stock in the faith United showed him last summer when, he says, no clubs were willing to do the same. Rodon feels he owes Leeds something.

“That was probably the biggest thing I noticed when I first came through the doors,” he said. “Last season, the support this club gets is unbelievable and I felt that from the first time I walked into Elland Road.

“It's just something that has stuck with me ever since. Leeds took a chance on me when no one did and now I want to give everything back and take a chance on that.”

He added: “I don't want to go too much into that (other interested clubs). There was, of course, interest, but, in my heart, there was only one destination for me. Especially [with] the way it ended last season, with a project I believe that's going to happen here and go on to the future, Leeds is the perfect place for me.”