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Christiansen aims to guide Leeds back to Premier League

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Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 02:08

The former Spain worldwide was the surprise choice as new head coach at Elland Road after impressing Leeds owner Andrea Radrizziani in his interview.

The new boss has plans to get Leeds back into the Premier League, a division they have not played in since getting relegated in 2004.

Christiansen said: "It (APOEL) is a very hard club and if you see the situation during the last four or five years - where they sacked two or three coaches each year - I started and finished. But in football, nobody can say", he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"Of course everyone wants to play nice football, attractive, having the ball and scoring a lot of goals".

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen admits he is not interested in signing any of his former players this summer.

Christiansen, 44, joined the Championship outfit after leading APOEL to the Cypriot title last season, in addition to making the last-16 stage of the Europa League.

"Last year, we finished seventh, promotion should at least be a target".

Christiansen will be assisted by ex-Burgos and Mirandes coach Julio Banuelos, 46 - his assistant in his two jobs in Cyprus - with Marcos Abad brought as goalkeeping coach and Ivan Torres installed as fitness coach. With good work we can achieve that.

Orta, appointed to his role at Elland Road last month, stressed Christiansen would be consulted closely and would have the last word on any new players to arrive at the club. I came to Barcelona as an 18-year-old and there were many things I didn't understand, but he showed me.

Derbyshire was in red hot form for rivals Omonia Nicosia last season, netting 26 goals from 37 appearances in all competitions, and Leeds are likely to consider a move for a new goalscorer to complement current star Chris Wood. "A player who want to play in Leeds, not just for money, not just to play in England".

"I died to be here. I was very clear that this was what I wanted".