Lichaj open to Whites stay
Eric Lichaj has confirmed he is open to staying at Leeds United for the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 15/02/11 5:20pm
Leeds United's new loan signing Eric Lichaj has confirmed he is open to staying at Elland Road for the rest of the season.
The USA international recently joined from Aston Villa and he made his debut in Leeds' 2-0 weekend win at Bristol City.
Lichaj was snapped up on a month's loan due to first-choice Paul Connolly's injury and he would be happy extending that spell until the summer.
The 22-year-old, who has had previous stints with Lincoln and Leyton Orient, is keen to play as much as possible this season as he remains out of the frame at Villa Park.
"There were two other teams who were interested and then Leeds came in and right away I just decided to go there," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"Leeds are a bigger (Championship) club than the other two who were interested. Right now, I'm desperate for some games and that's why I'm here.
"It actually started off well (at Villa) in pre-season - I got my first start for Aston Villa and the US national team as well - but now I'm here I want to play some games for the rest of this season.
"The manager (Gerard Houllier) said he wanted me out on loan to get some games and obviously he's brought in a few players and I just need to get some games and hopefully change his mind in the future.
"I just want to be playing and this is a great club and I'd like to stay until the end of the season, if possible. I'm open-minded.
"I've been out on loan before, but coming to Leeds is a different level and there's more quality (in the Championship) and you could just tell in the (Bristol) game."