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Spurs youngster Clarke eyeing promotion with Leeds

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 July 2019

Leeds United's Jack Clarke and Reading's Leandro Bacuna battle for the ball during the Championship match at Elland Road (pic: Danny Lawson/PA Images).

Leeds United's Jack Clarke and Reading's Leandro Bacuna battle for the ball during the Championship match at Elland Road (pic: Danny Lawson/PA Images).

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The 18-year-old is looking to help the Yorkshire-based club return to the Premier League

Jack Clarke may have ended Tottenham Hotspur's long wait for a new signing, but for now the talented young attacker only has eyes on Leeds United.

The Whites academy graduate joined Spurs for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday, but immediately returned to Elland Road on a season-long loan.

Clarke, who made 25 appearances during the 2018/19 campaign, played his part under Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds reached the Championship play-offs before they lost out in the semi-final to Derby County.

Ahead of the new season, the 18-year-old is eager to help Leeds enjoy more success and this time get over the line when it comes to promotion.

Clarke told LUTV: "I'm excited to get going again and I really can't wait for the new season to start and hopefully we can finish off better than last season.

"It was a bit of a no brainer to come back, the option was always there and I thought it would be a lot better for my progression to spend another year here and I didn't feel right leaving with how last season finished."

Bielsa handed Clarke his professional debut after being impressed with the youngster in pre-season last summer.

The Argentinian, who has a strong relationship with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, continued to give the teenager opportunities and developed him throughout the campaign.

"Marcelo Bielsa has brought me along a lot as a player and I think this season will be even better getting another full campaign under him," Clarke added.

"I felt physically I developed a lot by playing professional football and I've improved my movements and other things, which has brought me on massively.

"By coming back it gives me more of a chance of playing first-team football and that is all I want to do.

"Hopefully we can finish off how we started last season and hopefully this season will be the one."

Clarke's pre-season campaign will get underway on Wednesday when Leeds visit York City and later in July the attacker will get the chance to do battle with Manchester United in Perth in an eagerly-anticipated friendly fixture.

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