Leeds United to appoint Thomas Christiansen as new manager

Talks with the 44-year-old are at an advanced stage after he met with Radrizzani in Madrid this week. The Elland Road club now hope to announce him as Garry Monk's replacement.

Leeds United are set to appoint Thomas Christiansen as their new manager, Sportsmail understands.

Talks with the 44-year-old former Spain international are at an advanced stage after he met with club owner Andrea Radrizzani in Madrid this week.

We understand that Radrizzani was blown away with the Danish-born coach and immediately called off the manager search following the interview.

Leeds United are set to appoint Thomas Christiansen as new manager at Elland Road (above)

Leeds United are set to appoint Thomas Christiansen as new manager at Elland Road (above)

The Elland Road club now hope to announce Christiansen as replacement for Garry Monk, who quit last month and has since joined Middlesbrough.

Christiansen most recently managed Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia, who were crowned champions this year and reached the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time in their history. 

He was previously in charge of Cypriot club AEK Larnaca, where he guided them to successive second-placed finishes.

The former striker - whose mother is Spanish - began his playing career at Barcelona after being signed by Johan Cruyff in 1991.

Leeds hope to announce Christiansen as replacement for Garry Monk, who quit last month

Leeds hope to announce Christiansen as replacement for Garry Monk, who quit last month

He appeared 11 times for Spain Under-21 and twice for the senior side, scoring during a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in 1993.

His best season came in the Bundesliga with Bochum when he was joint-top scorer with 21 goals in 2003. He retired in 2006 because of injury.

Leeds will be hoping the left-field appointment pays off in much the same manner as David Wagner’s arrival at Huddersfield did last season.

Christiansen is said to be a student of the game and his presentation to Radrizzani was so thorough that the Italian emerged from the meeting and told colleagues, ‘He’s our man’.