Georginio Rutter has assured Leeds United’s supporters that he will not be weighed down by his £36m price tag following his move from Hoffenheim.
The France U21 international joined Leeds last week and he is now their club-record signing. The fee for him eclipses the £27m paid to sign Rodrigo Moreno in 2020.
The 20-year-old said: “It’s not something that puts any pressure on me at all really. I concentrate on playing my football, doing stuff I know how to do.
“We’ll see how things go, but transfers are a thing that’s between clubs aren’t they? It’s the clubs who negotiate, I just get on with my football.”
Rutter, who scored his first professional goal in a Champions League match for Rennes against Sevilla aged 18, revealed he is hoping to forge a real life partnership with Rodrigo, having played alongside the Spaniard on his PlayStation.
Rutter, introduced to the Elland Road crowd at half-time during Leeds’ midweek FA Cup replay win against Cardiff, said: “I could see the other night just how the fans really appreciate both Patrick (Bamford) and Rodrigo.
“From before, I used to actually play on the PlayStation with Rodrigo in my team. He’s particularly fast on the PlayStation. I play up front with him, 4-4-2, me and Rodrigo.”
Rutter scored 11 goals and made 11 assists in 64 appearances for Hoffenheim after joining from Rennes in February 2021.
He was already good friends with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who he has played alongside for France Under-21s, and said Leeds head coach Marsch had been a big factor in his decision to come to the club.
Rutter added: “He influenced me quite a large amount. Obviously I’ve spoken to him since I came here, but we had a phone conversation and he basically was very convincing.
“He said he had a lot of confidence in me. He said I could bring a lot to the club and what I like about him is it’s clear he has a lot of confidence in youth and bringing through young players. We had a very warm conversation.”
Marsch confirmed Rutter would be included in his squad on Sunday when Leeds will be bidding for just their third win in 16 league games.
Skipper Liam Cooper will return to contention after a knee injury and January signing Max Wober has recovered from a knock sustained against Cardiff, while Crysencio Summerville (ankle) is hoping to return to full training next week.