Red Bull rules out wildcard Leeds United transfer hours after sponsorship agreement

Leeds United's Elland Road
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Red Bull have ruled out the prospect of Formula One star Max Verstappen signing for Leeds United this summer.

On Wednesday morning, the Whites announced they had agreed a multi-year deal with the energy drink giants. The agreement sees Red Bull purchase a minority stake in the football club and their branding will be on the front of shirts next season.

A statement announcing the deal read: "Today Leeds United Football Club is proud to announce a new multi-year agreement with Red Bull, making them the club’s front-of-shirt partner starting next season. Today’s announcement that Red Bull will be joining forces with Leeds United reinforces the international popularity and significance of the club.

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"Beginning in the 2024/2025 season, Leeds United will feature Red Bull branding on the front of Leeds United men’s and women’s first team kits. Red Bull will also become the club’s Exclusive Energy Drink Partner with branding featured inside Elland Road and during the club’s official media appearances."

United chairman Paraag Marathe described the partnership as a 'historic milestone' for the club. Shortly after the announcement Red Bull Racing, firmly tongue-in-cheek, confirmed Verstappen would not be making a switch to Elland Road.

"Just to put an end to the rumours… Max Verstappen will not be joining Leeds United for their 2024/25 season." The Dutchman is currently at the top of F1 and does share an interest in football.

Verstappen has previously expressed his love for Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven has insisted he would happily sacrifice winning any races for a year if it meant they won the Champions League.