Becchio commits to Leeds
Leeds striker Luciano Becchio has committed his future to the club after signing a new contract.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 18/12/10 7:14pm
Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio has committed his future to the club after signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract.
The 26-year-old forward has been in excellent form for the Whites this season, netting 11 league goals so far, and a number of clubs were thought to be tracking the Argentinian.
Becchio's deal was set to expire at the end of the current campaign and speculation had mounted that the fans' favourite could wait until deciding on his future.
But the hard-working attacker has ended the speculation by penning new terms after the 2-0 win over Championship leaders QPR on Saturday.
Becchio told the club's official website: "I'm very happy to sign the contract and stay at the club.
"I love the fans, we are doing well, and we want to get to the Premier League. I want to be part of that and I'm really pleased."
Leeds' win over Rangers this weekend puts them in the automatic promotion places in the Championship, as Max Gradel netted a brace to seal a deserved victory.
Manager Simon Grayson expressed his delight with Becchio's decision to commit to the club, and he has hailed the work rate of the South American ace.
"It's fantastic news that he has signed his contract," Grayson remarked.
"He has shown his importance to the club with his goalscoring ability and he has never been the sort of player to shy away from giving 100 per cent.
"It was vital that we secured his services after losing Jermaine Beckford last season, and I believe this shows the ambition we have as a football club.
"It is a major boost for everyone, particularly as there was considerable interest in him."
Becchio moved to Elland Road from Spanish outfit Merida in the summer of 2008 and has made 126 appearances for the club.