08:30 08 Aug 2019
Kemar Roofe has explained that Anderlecht’s size and prestige, as well as the presence of Vincent Kompany as player-coach, were motivating factors in his decision to leave Leeds United for the Belgian Pro League.
The 26-year-old, who was the Whites’ leading goal scorer in the EFL Championship last season, joined Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee earlier this week.
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“I think it was a no brainer when I got told about it,” Roofe told talkSPORT.
“It’s a massive club. The project they’re looking to do is very exciting. It’s an important season for Anderlecht, they want to win trophies, qualify for the Champions League. It’s something I can’t turn down.”
Roofe expects to learn a lot from his new boss, former Manchester City great Kompany.
“He’s a legend in the game, well respected as a player, as a person and for someone like him, still playing last season, still had time to recognise the hard effort I was putting in last season myself,” said the striker.
“He’s told me he likes me, that I’m a good player. But he hasn’t blown smoke up me either. He’s stated everyone is the same, I still have to put in all the work and show what I did last season and more.
“I’m going to learn a lot. He’s been up against all the top strikers in football so I’m sure he can teach me and guide me into being a better player.”
Roofe added that he will keep a keen eye on Leeds’ progress in the Championship this season and feels thankful to have worked with head coach Marcelo Bielsa.
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“I’m a supporter for Leeds now, I’ll be watching every game, still talking to all the boys as if I’m still there,” he said.
“Of course I’m going to be missing Leeds but I need to be focusing on Anderlecht.
“The only thing I can tell you is (Bielsa) helped me massively last season, with his style of play, his footballing education he’s given to us. I probably wouldn’t be in this position, I’ve adapted to his style, I’ve improved and it’s caught the eye of people like Vincent Kompany.
“He wants me to continue and improve even more.”